Francisco Lindor hit more homers last season (33) than he did in his first two seasons combined (27), but impressively, he did that without selling out at the plate to add pop as he accomplished that feat with the same strikeout rate (12.9 percent K%) and walk rate (8.3 percent BB%) that he had in 2016. The difference came from an increased ability to barrel up pitches, which Lindor did in 7.2 percent of his batted-ball events (4.1 percent in 2016). Somewhat surprisingly, Lindor's HR/FB rate wasn't through the roof (14.0 percent), he simply hit the ball in the air more often, improving his flyball rate from 28.4 percent to 42.4 percent last season. The flyball increase led to the drop in batting average, but the altered approach is a net positive for the Cleveland offense and to fantasy owners. Lindor was effective again as a basestealer, going 15-for-18 despite the increased power and a slight drop in OBP. The new level looks sustainable, making Lindor a top-25 fantasy player and potential MVP candidate.
Lindor went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer and three runs Saturday against the Mariners. Lindor smashed his 33rd homer of the campaign to open the scoring for the Indians in the first inning of a road victory. He's launched eight homers while hitting over .300 this month, and he certainly has done everything in his power to help fantasy owners during the most important time of the season.
Lindor went 1-for-4 with a walk and a two-run home run in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Angels. His seventh-inning shot off Yusmeiro Petit gave Lindor 31 homers on the season, setting a new big-league record for a switch-hitting shortstop. The 23-year-old has been a big part of Cleveland's amazing hot streak to close out the year, and he now sports a .325/.416/.688 slash line with six home runs, three steals, 17 runs and 17 RBI in 19 September games.
Lindor went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs in Saturday's win over the Royals. Lindor's double in the sixth inning gave him an extra-base hit in 10 straight games -- a club record and four shy of the major league mark of 14, shared by Chipper Jones (2006) and Paul Waner (1927). According to the Associated Press, the Tribe's star is the first shortstop in the modern era with an extra-base hit in 10 straight games. Through 146 games, Lindor is hitting .281 with a career-high .852 OPS, and he ranks ninth in the AL with 90 runs.
Lindor went 1-for-3 with a solo home run -- his third in the last four games -- and a walk in Tuesday's victory over Detroit. Lindor's bomb made him just the third shortstop in MLB history to hit 30-plus homers in a season by age 23, MLB.com reports. During the Tribe's current 20-game winning streak, Lindor is hitting .364 with a 1.229 OPS to go alongside nine home runs and 19 RBI. Simply put, in his third MLB season, the youngster has emerged as one of the most dynamic players in the game.
Lindor went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Orioles. The 23-year-old has now homered in consecutive games and three times in his last four games, bringing his total to 29 on the year. One more and he will have doubled his total from 2016. Lindor has given something back in batting average this season, but he's done enough across the board to be a top-three shortstop in terms of earned fantasy value.