The 23-year-old has quickly emerged as one of the best hitting shortstops in the game. He has utilized a steady contact-heavy approach to work counts and post a .306/.356/.454 career slash line in 1,122 plate appearances. As evidenced by his low strikeout rate (career 14.0 percent), Francisco Lindor seemingly understands that his game is more slash and dash right now than power, but he can still turn on a pitch and yank it out of the yard when a pitcher misses his spot (27 career long balls). In addition to the double-digit home-run pop, Lindor has shown an aptitude for stealing bases, going 31-for-38 over his first two seasons and reaping the benefits of manager Terry Francona's aggressive approach on the basepaths. Throw in the fact that he is split neutral and will continue to hit high in the lineup as he continues to fill out physically, and the sky is truly the limit for Lindor. He may add another level of power to come along to accentuate the high average, good speed, and run production, though it might not happen in 2017. Still, his floor already is lofty enough to put him within the top 50 fantasy picks.
Lindor is out of the lineup Thursday against the White Sox, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes reports. He has started the last 20 games, hitting .325/.367/.434 with zero home runs and two steals over that stretch. Michael Martinez will get the start at shortstop and hit ninth Thursday.
Lindor went 4-for-4 Saturday with two doubles, one RBI and one run scored Saturday against Miami. This could be an indicator that Lindor's recent slump is finally evaporating. Prior to Saturday's outing, he had posted just one RBI and two runs scored since August 22. He currently leads all shortstops with a .319 batting average and is second behind Xander Bogaerts with 86 runs. He also has 16 steals on the year.
Lindor is out of the lineup Wednesday against the A's, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. Lindor almost never sits out, but the Indians will use Wednesday's day game as an opportunity to give their star shortstop a breather. Michael Martinez will get a rare start at shortstop and hit ninth Wednesday.
Lindor went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and scored twice in Thursday's win over the Twins. Lindor's seventh-inning blast was his 13th of the season, and his first since July 19. The switch-hitting shortstop is living up to the high expectations he created in last year's rookie campaign. Lindor leads MLB in three-hit games (18) and sacrifice flies (11), while placing in the AL's top ten for average, runs and stolen bases.
Lindor went 2-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBI in a victory Tuesday over Kansas City. Lindor now has hits in 10 of his past 11 games and now has seven extra-base hits in that span including two home runs. When he hit 12 home runs in 99 games last year, it was a surprising display of power from a prospect many expected would need time to grow into a home run stroke. Now that he's equaled his total from last year in seven fewer games, we know it wasn't a fluke.