Though Francisco Lindor's bat may not have been quite ready for prime time, the Indians had to stop the bleeding at shortstop, where Jose Ramirez had become a butcher, so they turned to the 21-year-old midway through 2015. And as so often seems to happen for prospects of Lindor's caliber, everything clicked with that last step up the ladder. Lindor dominated in all aspects of the game, demonstrating the tremendous bat-on-ball skills long highlighted in the scouting reports, modest base-stealing ability and better power than anyone expected. The last of those may ultimately prove too good to be true, but considering he was the top shortstop after the All-Star break, batting .345 with a .930 OPS, he can afford to lose some home runs. He should go off the board as early as Round 5 in mixed leagues.
Francisco Lindor was a big-time prospect for the Indians because he was expected to step into the majors and be an immediate contributor with the glove, and he definitely was that. Lindor helped key a second-half turnaround of the club's infield defense, but what really made him stand out for Fantasy purposes was the unexpected power he provided as a rookie. After hitting just two homers in 59 games at Triple-A in 2015, Lindor quickly found his power stroke in the majors. He slugged a dozen homers in 99 games, falling just one short of his minor-league season-high in 51 fewer games. As a 21-year-old, it's no surprise Lindor is growing into his game and developing more power, but a repeat performance seems unlikely for a number of reasons. First off, he hit the majority of his batted balls on the ground, with a flyball rate of just 28.7 percent. Additionally, he sported one of the lowest hard-hit averages in the majors, with a 25.2 percent mark that ranked 119th out of 141 qualified hitters. Among players with a hard-hit average below 26 percent, Lindor's 13.0 HR/FB ratio leads the way, a sign that he might not be able to sustain that kind of power. Lindor could still be a solid Fantasy option, with 12 homer and 20-steal potential for a full season. Just don't expect him to sustain a 20-homer pace like he did as a rookie.
Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 2 or 3 with a double, two RBI, a walk and a run scored in Saturday's 9-5 victory over the Royals. Lindor's outing was his 10th multi-hit effort of a scorching September in which he has now hit .360 and has posted an impressive 16 RBI. He has also reached base safely in 21 of 23 September contests, and has chance to close out his rookie campaign with what will likely be a second consecutive month of .350-plus hitting.
Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor slugged his 10th homer as part of a 3 for 5 effort in Friday's win over the White Sox. With Carlos Correa falling back to earth a bit in recent weeks, the surging Lindor could be overtaking him as the frontrunner for AL Rookie of the Year honors. In addition to providing sparkling defense at shortstop, Lindor has been far better than anticipated at the plate, hitting .319 with 42 RBI, 43 runs, and eight stolen bases.
Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor continued his tear on Wednesday, as he went 3 for 4 with a solo home run and four RBI in a win over the Royals. The young shortstop came into the league as an elite glove, but he's making quite the impact with his bat right now. In 82 games played, Lindor has a .317 average to go along with nine home runs, 41 RBI, and nine steals. That's nearly a 20-20 pace and seeing as how Lindor is just 21-years-old, that seems like a strong possibility in years to come.
Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor was not in Tuesday's lineup due to an illness, reports MLB.com. Lindor began feeling sick Monday.