Francisco Lindor #9 – 2013 Top 100
Date of Birth: November 14th, 1993(age 19)
Origin: 1st Round Pick(#8 overall) in 2011 out of Montverde HS(FL)
- MiLB TV: Francisco Lindor (JD Sussman)
- 2012 MiLB Season Retrospective: Best Position Player Tools (Jeff Reese)
Jeff Reese: Francisco Lindor steadily improved his draft stock as an amateur to the point where teams in the top five were giving him consideration. The Indians ultimately drafted him 8th overall and may end up with a steal at that spot. The offensive numbers may look middling, but there are ample reasons to like Lindor’s offensive profile. Even with a conventional short stop’s body, Lindor swings the bat aggressively, utilizing his lower half well, producing good bat speed. His patient approach and feel for hitting should continue to work in tandem to produce a sterling K/BB ratio, while wearing out the gaps when he does put the ball in play. Power will not, and should not, be the focus; however, double digit homerun totals is conceivable. Good instincts allow his above-average speed to play up on the bases as well, making him an adept base runner who can put pressure on the pitcher. Defensively Lindor is polished with good range, instincts, and actions; his arm is an asset that allows him to make plays deep in the hole. Standout defensive short stops are elite prospects when their bats project even to be average offensively.
Al Skorupa: Right, Jeff. If you’re overly concerned about Lindor’s power you’re missing the point. He’s got four plus tools and that’s 4 more than many major league shortstops. If Lindor was stronger and had some more leverage in his swing he’d be in the conversation for best prospect in the game. Heck, he still may be. While his batting line doesn’t scream “elite prospect,” we’ve got to remember that he was an 18 year old playing in the Midwest League. That’s a league full of legitimate prospects who are 2 or 3 years older than him. The MWL is also a difficult league to hit in. In context, Lindor more than held his own in this challenging environment. His glove and the way he controlled the strike zone were pretty impressive.
Conor Dowley: Lindor has one of the finest gloves at short in professional baseball, period. The number of guys better than him there barely need two hands to number, if they even need that many. Sure, there’s concerns at the plate; his power numbers have never looked great, and there’s certainly not a ton of obvious power projection in his swing or frame. But he does have fantastic swing mechanics that let him, as one scout put it, “backspin the ball like a boss”, and that will certainly help him get some more range on his hits. While that doesn’t automatically mean he’s going to become a plus power guy, it wouldn’t shock me in the slightest if he beats the power projections that most have given for him.
Fantasy Outlook by Jeff Reese
It’s not easy to find quality offensive options at short stop which makes Lindor a viable fantasy starter. He should provide above average production in at least three of the five categories — average, runs, and stolen bases. While he may not grade out as the speediest player, his baserunning instincts should allow him to swipe 15-20 per year. There’s also enough power where double digit homerun totals are plausible and that too will have value at short stop (especially compared to his peers); just don’t expect them to surpass the teens.