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Birth Date11-14-1993
Height5' 11"
Weight190 lbs
Age30 years, 0 months, 14 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2015 CLE 21 99 438 122 22 4 12 27 69 1 12 2 .313 .353 .482 109 6.1 -0.6 3.3 2.8
2016 CLE 22 158 684 182 30 3 15 57 88 5 19 5 .301 .358 .435 110 9.6 5.5 19.3 6.4
2017 CLE 23 159 723 178 44 4 33 60 93 4 15 3 .273 .337 .505 118 18.4 2.1 3.8 5.5
2018 CLE 24 158 745 183 42 2 38 70 107 8 25 10 .277 .352 .519 128 27.3 -0.5 5.9 6.5
2019 CLE 25 143 654 170 40 2 32 46 98 3 22 5 .284 .335 .518 117 17.6 -2.3 -4.8 3.8

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2011 MHV A- NYP 5 20 .255 .367 .364 .429 110 -0.1 0.6 0.1 95 0 0.0 0.0 -0.6 0.0
2012 LKC A MID 122 568 .254 .325 .375 .295 98 -0.1 16.7 7.4 108 0 5.8 3.3 4.5 3.8
2013 CAR A+ CAR 83 373 .248 .322 .371 .341 108 4.8 10.9 4.9 126 0 5.3 -2.3 2.7 2.2
2013 AKR AA EAS 21 91 .261 .329 .397 .309 97 4.2 2.5 1.1 134 0 -2.4 -0.8 1.8 0.2
2014 AKR AA EAS 88 387 .263 .331 .397 .320 102 4.9 10.6 4.9 109 0 6.8 0.1 -2.0 2.2
2014 COH AAA INT 38 180 .265 .332 .401 .317 108 -6.5 5.4 2.5 80 0 2.4 0.7 -6.4 0.5
2015 CLE MLB AL 99 438 .251 .314 .400 .348 108 10.3 11.8 5.4 109 7 3.3 -0.6 6.1 2.8
2015 COH AAA INT 59 262 .262 .325 .375 .328 105 3.7 7.3 3 105 0 -1.3 0.4 -2.4 0.7
2016 CLE MLB AL 158 684 .259 .324 .432 .324 113 7.6 19.3 8.7 110 8 19.3 5.5 9.6 6.4
2017 CLE MLB AL 159 723 .262 .329 .438 .275 104 17 21.2 9.6 118 6 3.8 2.1 18.4 5.5
2018 CLE MLB AL 158 745 .255 .326 .421 .279 106 28.1 20.9 9.5 128 8 5.9 -0.5 27.3 6.5
2019 CLE MLB AL 143 654 .260 .329 .447 .291 100 17.7 19.8 8.3 117 9 -4.8 -2.3 17.6 3.8
2019 COH AAA INT 3 13 .271 .352 .470 .333 101 2.4 0.4 0.1 135 0 -0.2 0.3 0.6 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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2011 MHV A- NYP 20 19 4 6 0 0 0 6 2 1 5 1 0 .316 .350 .316 .000 0 0
2012 LKC A MID 568 490 83 126 24 3 6 174 42 61 78 27 12 .257 .352 .355 .098 1 4
2013 AKR AA EAS 91 76 14 22 3 1 1 30 7 14 7 5 2 .289 .407 .395 .105 0 0
2013 CAR A+ CAR 373 327 51 100 19 6 1 134 27 35 39 20 5 .306 .373 .410 .104 3 6
2014 COH AAA INT 180 165 24 45 4 0 5 64 14 9 36 3 7 .273 .307 .388 .115 2
2014 AKR AA EAS 387 342 51 95 12 4 6 133 48 40 61 25 9 .278 .352 .389 .111 3
2015 CLE MLB AL 438 390 50 122 22 4 12 188 51 27 69 12 2 .313 .353 .482 .169 7 13
2015 COH AAA INT 262 229 26 65 11 5 2 92 22 25 38 9 7 .284 .350 .402 .118 3 5
2016 CLE MLB AL 684 604 99 182 30 3 15 263 78 57 88 19 5 .301 .358 .435 .134 15 3
2017 CLE MLB AL 723 651 99 178 44 4 33 329 89 60 93 15 3 .273 .337 .505 .232 3 5
2018 CLE MLB AL 745 661 129 183 42 2 38 343 92 70 107 25 10 .277 .352 .519 .242 3 3
2019 COH AAA INT 13 12 4 5 1 0 2 12 2 1 1 0 0 .417 .462 1.000 .583 0 0
2019 CLE MLB AL 654 598 101 170 40 2 32 310 74 46 98 22 5 .284 .335 .518 .234 6 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2015 1577 0.4781 0.4883 0.8117 0.6711 0.3208 0.8854 0.6705 0.1883 0.0063
2016 2520 0.4782 0.4714 0.8274 0.6515 0.3065 0.8904 0.7047 0.1726 0.0000
2017 2703 0.4687 0.4669 0.8455 0.6290 0.3238 0.9184 0.7204 0.1545 0.0000
2018 2874 0.4562 0.4680 0.8260 0.6392 0.3244 0.8938 0.7140 0.1740 0.0000
2019 2389 0.4613 0.5082 0.8287 0.6887 0.3535 0.9091 0.6945 0.1713 0.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-26 2014-07-02 Minors 6 0 - Fracture -
2013-08-15 2013-09-09 Minors 25 0 - Low Back Strain - -


Year Team Salary
2031 NYN $34,100,000
2030 NYN $34,100,000
2029 NYN $34,100,000
2028 NYN $34,100,000
2027 NYN $34,100,000
2026 NYN $34,100,000
2025 NYN $34,100,000
2024 NYN $34,100,000
2023 NYN $34,100,000
2022 NYN $34,100,000
2021 NYN $22,300,000
2020 CLE $17,500,000
2019 CLE $10,550,000
2018 CLE $623,200
2017 CLE $579,300
2016 CLE $540,300
2015 CLE $
7 yrPrevious$86,192,800
8 yrPvs + Cur$120,292,800
8 yrFuture$272,800,000
16 yrTotal$393,092,800


Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 113 dSportsmeter10 years/$341M (2022-31)

  • 10 years/$341M (2022-31). Signed extension with NY Mets 4/5/21. $21M signing bonus. 22-31:$32M annually. $50M ($5M in salary each year) is deferred, to be paid 2032-41. Limited no-trade protection allowing Lindor to black deals to 15 clubs (may block all trades after 2025 season as 10-and-5 player). Award bonuses: $50,000 each for LCS MVP, All Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger. $50,000 for MVP ($25,000 for second place in vote, $10,000 for third). $100,000 for WS MVP. Perks: hotel suite on road trips. Right to buy four premium tickets and luxury suite for all regular season and postseason home games. Milestones: largest-ever contract for a shortstop, third-most lucrative contract for any player.
  • 1 year/$22.3M (2021). Acquired by NY Mets in trade from Cleveland 1/7/21. Re-signed by NY Mets 1/15/21 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$17.5M (2020). Re-signed by Cleveland 1/10/20 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$10.55M (2019). Re-signed by Cleveland 1/11/19 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$623,200 (2018). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/18.
  • 1 year/$579,300 (2017). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/11/17.
  • 1 year/$540,300 (2016). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/9/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Contract selected by Cleveland 6/14/15.
  • Drafted by Cleveland 2011 (1-8) (Montverde Academy). $2.9M signing bonus (club record for a position player).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 39 10 2 0 2 4 5 1 0 .294 .368 .529 140 3.7 SS 0 0.0
80o 26 6 1 0 1 2 4 1 0 .261 .320 .435 136 2.3 SS 0 0.0
70o 18 5 1 0 1 2 2 1 0 .333 .412 .600 132 1.5 SS 0 0.0
60o 10 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .333 .400 .444 129 0.8 SS 0 0.0
50o 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 127 0.2 SS 0 0.0
Weighted Mean310000000.333.333.3331270.3SS 00.0

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2021-01-08 12:00:00 (link to chat)When are the last edits made to the annual? For example, would Francisco Lindor be in the Mets section?
(ari blum from ny)
Lindor will be in the Mets chapter. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2020-12-04 12:00:00 (link to chat)JD Davis, Amed Rosario, Brett Baty and Junior Santos for Francisco Lindor
(Tracy from New Jersey)
I don't think the basic structure there is that far off what he goes for, but I have heard interest in different prospects from Cleveland's end, and I have to imagine they want Gimenez and the extra years of control over Rosario. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2020-04-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)I traded away Francisco Lindor for a 2nd round FYPD pick in 2021 on April 1st, it got accepted, and now the guy wont reverse the. trade. What do I do?
(Kyle from Miami)
April Fool's Day can be a double-edged sword. Talk with your commissioner. I cannot imagine any commish allowing such a trade to go through in the first place. (Jesse Roche)
2019-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat today, Mark. Always love when you do these. I appreciate that you stick to baseball and don't get all self-absorbed and sidetracked. Anyway, 12-team dynasty league question for you. Francisco Lindor or Fernando Tatis Jr going forward? Thanks!
(Yuri from Israel)
Oh no. I should've answered this one before doing a football question.

Tatis is gonna be a monster, but I'm a homer, so I'm still rolling with Lindor. (Mark Barry)
2018-06-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gut feeling, do you think Francisco Lindor is heading towards a Hall Of Fame career?
(Mike from NY)
Yeah, obviously the first half of the hall of fame career is easier than the second half, but he might have the first half by 27. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-02-06 15:00:00 (link to chat)I really enjoy your work at Friends with Fantasy Benefits and Bat Flips and Nerds! Why are people taking Carlos Correa over Francisco Lindor? What am I missing.
(Art Vandelay from NY)
How is the import/export business? Correa is a 23-year-old who hit .315 and probably would have had a similar home run total to Lindor if he hadn't been hurt. Lindor has defied everyone's expectations of his offensive ability, particularly on the power front, whereas Correa was always expected to be a stud offensively. It's possible Lindor just keeps doing this and his speed makes him the better fantasy option, but there's a strong possibility that Correa outstrips him in the other four categories this year and finishes ahead. (Darius Austin)
2017-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)So what do you think of Francisco Lindor's profile, went from a high average hitter with some pop to a low average bomber.
(Mike from NY)
Given that he's only 23, he's probably going to do all of these things at the same time in some season to come. I'd say that would make him the MVP, but Mike Trout is still not of this planet. (Jarrett Seidler)
2017-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Amed Rosario as a fantasy prospect? I own him in a bunch of dynasty leagues and am considering whether to deal him with all the hype right now or hold him. Can he be a .280, 10 HR, 30 SB threat (full season pace) right away? Or is the power years away?
(Nate from Brownsburg)
I really like Rosario. We had him in the top 10 in the pre-season at BP. I think you're selling him at the height of his value if you do it right now. I wouldn't have a problem with it, depending on the return. The speed and batting average are the carrying tools right now, I'm not holding my breath on the power. We said these same things about Francisco Lindor a few years ago. I'm not saying he's Lindor, but I really like Rosario. (George Bissell)
2017-02-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)I just traded for Francisco Lindor, and am looking to rebuild. I already roster Rosario, Eloy, Devers, Acuna, Robles, Tucker, Isan Diaz, Keller, Mendez, and Martes. I immediately put Lindor on the trade block thinking his value may never be higher, and also thinking I might be able to putt 2 top-20 prospects for him, to go with the rest of my super young core. How do you feel about Lindor's value going forward? Is he a guy I should be building around? I'm just not sold on the guy
(Jmax from Niagara, ON)
I think Lindor is the safest shortstop in fantasy baseball to remain a shortstop for the next decade-plus. I think he's the best defensive shortstop in baseball. He's also going to bat third in arguably the best lineup in the game. I think Lindor is underrated because it's a five-category fantasy profile that maxes out at about .300 with 20 HR & 20-25 SB. That doesn't sound exciting but it is. I wouldn't trade Lindor. Yes, he's a core foundational piece and I'm not sure what else you would need to see to be sold that he's a top three-to-five shortstop. Sorry, I'm a Lindor guy. (George Bissell)
2017-01-31 19:00:00 (link to chat)Dansby Swanson prime more Xander Boagarts 2016 or Francisco Lindor 2016?
(Charlie from ATL)
I'm not sure if he'll run enough for the Lindor comp, and I'm not sure if he'll hit for enough power for the Bogaerts comp. That said, I think he'll still be really good falling in the middle of those two. (Mark Barry)
2017-01-18 20:00:00 (link to chat)How is a guy (Dansby Swanson) who "may" go 15-15 one of the best fantasy prospects in baseball? Seems those numbers are kinda blah for fantasy.
(Tim from Colorado)
Ask Francisco Lindor, who was an easy top-10 shortstop and top-30 overall hitter without either 20 homers or steals last year. (Bret Sayre)
2016-11-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank Rosario vis-a-vis the other best SS prospects in the game? Do you think he can potentially become an uber-star of the magnitude of the current crop of young mlb shortstops?
(Enrique from New Jersey)
I think he's one of the top three remaining as a prospect, but no, I don't see him at the level of Corey Seager or Francisco Lindor or Manny Machado or anyone like that. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-09-07 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Francisco Lindor better than you ever imagine he would be and who do you pick, Lindor, Correa, Bogaerts, Russell, or Seager?
(Mike from NY)
I guess let's go Lindor, Seager, Correa, Bogaerts, Russell, but there's literally no wrong answer here and I could be convinced of these in nearly any order. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-08-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Rank you top 5 fantasy SS's over the next 3 years.
(Dave from Boston)
1. Corey Seager, 2. Carlos Correa, 3. Xander Bogaerts, 4. Francisco Lindor, 5. Addison Russell. If you started the clock three years from now, or moved the time frame a few years farther out, I'd probably find a way to get Franklin Barreto on that list. I love that dude. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-06-20 16:00:00 (link to chat)How much would the Indians get back for Lindor?
(Dalton Leslie from Des Moines)
Why are they trading Francisco Lindor? (Steve Givarz)
2016-05-16 23:00:00 (link to chat)Worried about JP CRawford? Can he better then Francisco Lindor?
(Tommy from Philly)
On my list of worries his early performance, I can't even find it on there. I've got "groggily stepping out of bed onto a Lego" penciled in at #674, and that's the end of the list. He's the second-youngest playa in the Eastern League, he'll be fine. Lindor's the most common comp for the skill set. I don't love comps, but it's a reasonable facsimile of the skill set. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-05-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Xander Bogaerts the best shortstop in the AL? In baseball?
(Brian from Tehran)
Oh boy. Well, are we counting Manny Machado? If we are, it's Machado. If we're mentally keeping Machado at third base, then it's between Xander, Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor.
Hello there, Cardinals fans! Yes, Aledmys Diaz is going to come back down to Earth, and he's already wonky on defense. Please don't kill me.
Correa isn't as good on defense as you think, but there's clearly a small mountain of potential in his bat and he's already shown that he can wreck shop on offense. Lindor can do everything, and Boegarts is finally hitting like we all thought he could. It's reeeeally close between Lindor and Boegarts, with Correa just behind and likely moving to third base when Alex Bregman decides it's time to throw his hat into the ring. So if it isn't Boegarts, he's just a hair behind.
Unless it's Machado. Then it's Manny by a mile. (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Worried about JP CRawford? Can he better then Francisco Lindor?
(JR from b Town)
Not worried at all. Dude has a .391 OBP. The hits will start dropping.

I'm not sure he can be as good as Lindor, but, that's because Lindor is sensational. Crawford will be good, I'm just not sure he's Lindor. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-05-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good is Francisco Lindor? Like, I mean hes really reallllly good, isnt he?
(Dalton from Queshner)
I think Lindor is that good. Many that have worked with him have told me he has it all. Mentally, as well as on the field. (Jim Walsh)
2016-05-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Worried about JP CRawford? Can he better then Francisco Lindor?
(Dan from Philly)
Lindor is a special talent. I do not think Crawford will ascend past Bogaerts, Correia, Lindor. But Crawford is going to be a very good player. (Jim Walsh)
2016-05-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Worried about JP CRawford? Can he better then Francisco Lindor?
(Andrew from City of Brotherly Love)
Not at all. He's developed at a good pace. Not a bad start in Triple-A, right? *wink* Prospects don't always develop as we envision, but he's responded to the pressure positively. And for a kid who will be playing in front of tough Phillies fans & media, that's going to be important. (Jessica Quiroli)
2016-04-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think will have a better career at the plate, JP Crawford or Francisco Lindor?
(Lark from Wisconsin)
Man, these two are gonna get compared to each other for a long time, aren't they? I go Lindor, if only because there's a little more safety in Lindor now that we've seen him succeed. It's really close, though. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-12-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)When do you think JP Crawford will be up in the majors and will he be better than Francisco Lindor?
(Dan from Philly)
I think Crawford has a really good chance of being in Philadelphia before the All-Star break -- assuming things go well, of course -- but better than Lindor? After what I saw from Lindor this summer I have a hard time saying that, and I LOVE Crawford. Especially his last name. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-12-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)JP Crawford, better then Francisco Lindor once he gets called up?
(Andy from Philly)
I don't know. Crawford's control of the strike zone in Double A this year was amazing, better than Lindor ever showed. I think he might have the higher eventual ceiling. I'm not sure he matches what Lindor did over his first 100-plus games. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)JP Crawford the next Francisco Lindor?
(Dan from Philly)
Not an unreasonable comp. Lindor hit better than I thought he would, certainly right off the bat. Crawford's very much in the conversation for our top 5 in early #BP101 discussion, which is Lindor territory. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-09-21 20:30:00 (link to chat)We all know Carlos Correa is the best defensive shortstop in the game. But how close or I guess how far behind that title is Addison Russell?
(BC from Urbandale)
We do? Correa is noticeably behind Russell defensively for me, but I'm assuming you meant Francisco Lindor. (Bret Sayre)
2015-07-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why should I believe that Francisco Lindor won't end up being Elvis Andrus Part Deux ?
(tbwhite from San Diego)
I'm the wrong person to ask because A. I'm no scout, and B. I was never super high on Lindor. I think he'll still be a well above average defender at short who hits decently but not superbly. Elvis Andrus, it turns out, can't hit OR play good defense. So I think Lindor is already better than that because his defense is so strong. He just needs more time to adjust to MLB pitching and hopefully he'll make more contact, become a strong doubles hitter. (Jeff Long)
2015-06-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Francisco Lindor, since it appears he is about to be called up, what should we expect and to what current or recent shortstop would you compare his offensive skill set?
(John from CT)
We'll definitely have a call-up piece if/when it happens, but I'm a huge fan. Plus hit tool, and plus-plus defense = prettay, prettay good. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a believer of Danny Salazar's stuff or just riding the roller coaster like the rest of us?
(Joe from The Keys)
I am a believer in Salazar. In fact, he's one of the top-10 pitchers according to cFIP. He'll benefit from the defensive improvement at third base (Urshela) and will ultimately benefit once Francisco Lindor gets the call later this summer. I'm on board w/ Salazar. (J.P. Breen)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)What's your best guess as to what we can expect offensively from Francisco Lindor?
(John from CT)
.280 average with some on base skills and some pop you weren't expecting. The steals will be there too because he's a smart baserunner. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-05-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)What do you expect from Francisco Lindor? And when do you think he gets the call?
(Bert from Cleveland)
He should get the call sometime around the all-star break. I expect a great glove, some gap power, and a few steals. (Nick Shlain)
2015-02-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)How do you like Mookie Betts outlook from a Fantasy prospective this year?
(Scott from Baltimore )
I love the player, but there are too many options in the outfield right now. Would not be surprised to see Mookie start at AAA. Victorino trade would be ideal, because Mookie just might be Boston's highest WAR/best player in 2015 if he plays. Mookie and Francisco Lindor were the two highest grades I gave to position players in 2014. He'll hit for average with plenty of speed and power. (Al Skorupa)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)No contest on the defensive side, but higher offensive upside: Dilson Herrera or Francisco Lindor?
(Walt from Jersey)
The sum of Lindor's offensive parts -- ability to hit for average, likely on-base skills, decent pop, and good base stealing ability -- give him the edge for me. Herrera doesn't have as broad a skill set, and thus less margin for error. (Mark Anderson)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)I can't remember where, but pretty recently a credible source stated that Francisco Lindor is not rated as highly by scouts and officials employed by major league team as the national prospect writers and media seem to have him. What are your thoughts on this? Is there any validity to it?
(username49 from Ohio)
I've certainly talked to some within the industry that view Lindor as a good prospect, but not on the same level as Correa or Russell, but I haven't really found anyone that dislikes him as a prospect. Still, the majority of talent evaluators and front office folks I speak with still firmly believe Lindor is potential All-Star caliber player that contributes in every possible way. (Mark Anderson)
2014-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)JP Crawford's potential? Number 1 SS prospect in 2016?
(Jon from Philly)
First Division SS. Could be a good one.

Not the number one prospect in 2016, because Addison Russell, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Corey Seager exist (assuming none of them are in the bigs by then, which would be annoying) (Tucker Blair)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)Which minor league players are most likely to start in the American League in 2015 that are either flying under the radar or have not been brought up. Thanks!
(Cinco bros from AZ)
For players who haven't come up yet, how about Rusney Castillo, Francisco Lindor, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Miguel Sano and Kyle Zimmer. For guys who are just under the radar, let's go with Nick Franklin, Mike Foltynewicz, Dylan Bundy, Drew Pomeranz, Daniel Norris and Oswaldo Arcia. (Ben Carsley)
2014-08-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)Which top 25 prospects have a better than 50-50 shot at getting called up to the Bigs come September?
(Paul from DC)
I'd say Archie Bradley and Alex Meyer are the obvious ones. Maybe Noah Syndergaard and/or Francisco Lindor. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-08-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will we ever see a hitter like Tony Gwynn again? Who draws the closest comp in the Eastern and Carolina Leagues?
(Steve from Los Angeles)

There is not one player in the Eastern and Carolina Leagues even remotely close to him. But for the sake of the question, here are the best hit tools I've seen in both leagues:

Carolina - Nick Williams
Eastern - Francisco Lindor

Side Note: Gwynn's tragedy allowed the light to go off in my head, and I have now quit dipping. I hope many others have decided to quit after we lost such a great man. (Tucker Blair)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a 12 team keeper league. each team gets to keep 7 players for next season. who do you think i should keep from this list: George Springer, Bryce Harper, Chris Sale, Justin Upton, Byron Buxton, Addison Russell, Taijuan Walker, Lucas Giolito, Francisco Lindor, Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausmann, Carlos Correa, Miguel Sano, Zach Wheeler. Thanks.
(childgrambino from Richmond, VA)
Harper, Sale, Upton, Walker, Gausman, Wheeler and Springer. 12 team leagues, you keep guys who are contributing. Having this many prospects in this shallow a league is bananas. Drop a bunch. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)Francisco Lindor's timetable moved up at all?
(SBP from Indiana)
Sure. I'd assume he's up sometime soon. Better MLB prospect than a fantasy one, but still a good fantasy prospect. (Ben Carsley)
2014-07-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Indians have any parts to trade that could actually bring back legit prospects? Outside of core group they will obviously keep.
(Mark from Las Vegas)
They're not making any significant moves without trading Francisco Lindor, and they're not trading Francisco Lindor. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)How far back will Correa's injury push his big league debut? Does this push either Addison Russell or Francisco Lindor above him in terms of best SS prospect?
(Graham from Richmond, VA)
In terms of talent, he could play SS in the major leagues today. I'm sure of it. There are some who would take Lindor over Correa, but I don't think that has anything to do with the injury as much as Lindor himself. Russell is a downright impressive prospect, but he's a tier behind each of the other two. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat Jeff and the excellent work on MLU.. Bunch of questions for you - Addison Russell or Francisco Lindor? High Ceiling or High Floor? Eduardo Rodriguez or A.J. Cole? Favorite Sleeper prospect in the Nationals system? City Oyster or 32 East? Best Sports Bar in Delray?
(NatsGM from Bethesda MD)
We had this discussion as a staff the other day and included Baez and Correa in the mix. I went with Lindor. Here's the link:

There's no right or wrong, so much as just a preference. Same with Rodriguez vs. Cole. Do you like ceiling or floor? Cole could be the better pitcher, but he could also be a reliever still. Sometimes it's just a preference.

You want food in Delray? Go to Park Tavern. You simply can't beat it, and order an Old Fashioned. My favorite sports bar is a little dive called The Hurricane because it's an Eagles bar and they put the game on every Sunday and it's filled with other idiots in Randal Cunningham throwbacks to make me feel better about myself. (Jeff Moore)
2014-03-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Francisco Lindor definitely starts the season at Double-A right? The answer determines if I get to go watch the plus-plus defender or not...
(Ace Black from PA)
Sounds like it. I haven't seen the official word, though. (Ronit Shah)
2014-03-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Lindor Question #2: Why haven't the Indians traded Asdrubal Cabrera yet?
(Ace Black from PA)
Because, as you just said, Francisco Lindor will likely be starting the season in Double-A. (Ronit Shah)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is your favorite "sleeper" prospect in the Nationals system? Pick one, Addison Russell or Francisco Lindor? Finally, what's your favorite restaurant in Delray? Thanks-
(NatsGM from Bethesda MD)
The Nats system isn't super exciting, but there are some dudes. I really like Zach Walters, though i dont know if he qualifies as a sleeper, and that's probably just because I love prospects who profile as super-utility guys (for no particular reason). I don't know if Walters can play every day but I think he can be a valuable guy on a roster because he can play all over, switch-hits and has some pop. I like valuable, versatile roster guys like that.

Lindor is so #smooth in the field it's ridiculous, but Russell has more upside with the bat because of his power. It's a toss up for which you prefer, but I like Russell a little since I've read some encouraging reports about his ability to stay at short. If that changes, I'll take Lindor all day.

Favorite restaurant in Delray is Park Tavern on Atlantic Ave. I've never had a bad meal there. In fact, I can see it from where I'm sitting right now. (Jeff Moore)
2014-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)What top prospect has the best mustache?
(richardkr34 from Saint Paul, MN)
I would love to see Francisco Lindor grow a thick mustache. I believe he has the necessary facial aesthetics for it. (Jason Parks on the Completed Prospect Rankings)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Considering something like 70% of the top 100 prospects fail to meet expectations/stay in baseball for long, which 3 players in this years top 10 do you think will have the most successful careers?
(John Niggli from Lagos)
I think the top tier of fantasy prospects goes Bogaerts, Baez, Buxton, Taveras in that order. Then there's a dropoff to Hamilton at No. 5, for me. I think you can rank the first four in any order. If you want me to pick three of the "safest" prospects, let's go Bogaerts, Taveras and Francisco Lindor. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome Ben, I'll start you off with a curveball: Let's say every draft eligible prospect from 2010 to 2014 was eligible for this year's draft. Just based on pre-draft scouting reports and without the benefit of hindsight, how would the first 10 picks of the draft unfold?
(baseballjunkie from cali, where it's already Spring)
This is an amazingly difficult question to answer, and also quite fun. It's probably better suited for an article than for a fantasy chat answer, but since I was able to access this question ahead of time, here's what I came up with after about 30 min of research. I'll note that since I'm not familiar enough with 2014 prospects yet, I've restricted your search to 2010-2013 draftees. I'll go with:

1. Bryce Harper 2. Manny Machado 3. Gerrit Cole 4. Dylan Bundy 5. Anthony Rendon 6. Jameson Taillon 7. Bubba Starling
8. Byron Buxton 9. Carlos Correa 10. Archie Bradley

Toughest omissions for me were Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer, Kevin Gausman, Kris Bryant and Mark Appel. If Luc Giolito had been healthy for his senior year, he'd probably have made it on this list. Obviously that's not how we'd rank them now, and it's funny that guys like Chris Sale, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey and Javier Baez are left in the dust. Bubba Starling sticks out like a sore thumb, and Buxton was underrated. This exercise also reinforces how loaded the 2011 draft was. Last year's pales in comparison. (Ben Carsley)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jeff: Could you describe a three-day weekend of Cactus League games you'd like to take in? What teams would you watch, and what will you be looking for?
(gerrybraun from san diego)
Unfortunately I'm stuck in Grapefruit country, but if I was going to Arizona again this spring, I'd be sure to check out Cubs, Rockies and Rangers. That's probably your best bet to see young talent on the back fields, assuming you can get there. And if you have time, go see Francisco Lindor field ground balls in batting practice. And take your kid, if you have one. You won't see a better exhibition of fluidity and grace with a glove than that.

If you're looking to go to games, Camelback Ranch (White Sox and Dodgers) is one of my favorite parks. It's just really scenic. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Alright Jason. You're at a scientific lab (a cloning facility) and you're given the opportunity to splice DNA together of two different ball players to make the perfect player. Which two players' DNA do you choose?
(LanceR from Dallas, TX)
Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez. It would create a highly instinctual shortstop with a plus-plus arm, plus-plus glove, elite power potential in combination with a mature approach from both sides of the plate. JF Lindor-Baez (Jason Parks)
2013-10-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)Francisco Lindor gets the call by ____ and produces as a top ____ SS
(Ziggy from Marley)
Could be next year, by the end of the season. That said, Cleveland still has Asdrubal Cabrera under contract next season ($10 million). They could trade him, but Lindor isn't ready now, so they'd need a stop-gap at shortstop and by definition stop-gaps aren't as good as non-stop-gaps so the team would likely be taking a hit there. I'd guess they'll hold on to Cabrera and if they're not in contention by the deadline, they'll deal him and in a perfect world, Lindor would be knocking down the door to the majors in Triple-A at that point and they could just call him up.

But I'll say he gets a September call up and rides the bench mostly. (Matthew Kory)
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could Francisco Lindor be ready by June/July making Asdrubal (although limited trade value as mentioned previously) expendable? In your mind, does he project as a 290avg/385obp/12hr/25sb type leadoff guy?
(Ziggy from Top)
Lindor could certainly be ready next year, and has enough value in his glove that the team could break camp with him at the six spot. That offensive line is attainable, but I would expect a few seasons before he hits for that power, and he's not a surefire 20+ SB guy. I see him as a #1 or #2 hitter, long term, that will help you on all sides of the ball. (Nick J. Faleris)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Whats your thoughts on Francisco Lindor making the Indians roster next year.
(Kyle from Wilmington)
I really think it is going to happen. I wonder what type of offer they will get for A. Cabrera, but Lindor is not far from being able to play everyday in the majors. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)I got my 1st live look at the man of my dreams, Miguel Sano, on Tuesday night in New Britain. He hit an absolute bomb into the trees in LF (and that's under-stating it). My question is, can I have the name/number of the guy who painted your Francisco Lindor mural? I want one of Miguel Sano right above my bed so I can stare at him every night before bed.
(Shawn from CT)
Gilbert and George painted the mural of Lindor. They seemed like the appropriate choice. (Jason Parks)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)I think you rank Byron Buxton so high, he is good, but not better than Carlos Correa , Xander Bogaerts and Francisco Lindor. I meant that you overrated Byron Buxton because he didn't hit for power yet.
(Kevin Goldstein from Houston)
You mad, bro? (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you could have a beer with just 1 prospect- what's the beer and who's the propsect (ignore drinking age as my guess is it's a certain 17 y/o SS you are getting drunk...)
(Shawn from My Office)
Banquet old-school Coors in the can with Francisco Lindor just because it would be such a strange experience. (Jason Parks)
2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What prospects stand out to you in having a feel for the game ?
(Derek from Cali)
Jurickson Profar was one who absolutely did as early as 16. You could tell the same about Francisco Lindor right out of high school. Lindor is probably the go-to answer on that question right now. (Jason Cole)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Care to find the nearest crystal ball in your apt. and provide an early look at the top 10 next year?
(bmmolter from Mass.)
I can:
1. Addison Russell
2. Javier Baez
3. Taijuan Walker
4. Archie Bradley
5. Aaron Sanchez
6. Byron Buxton
7. Jameson Taillon
8. Robert Stephenson
9. Francisco Lindor
10. Austin Hedges (Jason Parks)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think the long term fantasy expectations should be for Francisco Lindor compared to the likes of Baez, Correa, and Russell?
(Mikey from Salt Lake City)
Mikey, all are extremely talented players, but Lindor is a tier below without the same power potential. (Paul Singman)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)Just joining the chat... what would you predict Francisco Lindor's offensive upside to be at his prime? Thanks!
(Chopper from Indy)
~.280 avg; good secondary skills; doubles pop; 6+ defensive profile at a premium spot (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)What prospect that will spend the majority of the season in the minors are you most excited to see play (and you cannot pick the obvious answers like Bundy, Taveras, or Hamilton!)?
(Jake from Kansas)
Francisco Lindor (CLE) or Brian Goodwin (WAS) (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Want to play desert island discs? You get five. How about desert island prospects? You get five...purely on who you enjoy watching the most.
(Name from Place)
1. Oscar Taveras 2. Javier Baez 3. Francisco Lindor 4. Jose Fernandez 5. Rougned Odor (Jason Parks)
2013-01-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Will Francisco Lindor development into a top 10 fantasy SS in the future? Or should I look into drafting someone like Addison Russell in my dynasty league for insurance? Thanks.
(James from Cleveland)
I'm not sure Lindor has enough power to profile as an elite fantasy player, at least in the standard 5x5 format. And it can't hurt to have both of them, right? (Daniel Rathman)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Other than Profar, Taveras, Myers and Bundy whom I anticipate ranking in the top 5 of most top prospect lists, who are the remaining top 3-5 offensive and SP prospects in the minors?
(Brian from Worcester MA)
On the pitching side you're looking at guys like Gerrit Cole, Zack Wheeler, Jose Fernandez and Jameson Taillon fitting in that top group. Of the position players, Byron Buxton, Travis d'Arnaud, Xander Bogaerts, and Francisco Lindor fit the bill. (Mark Anderson)
2012-12-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chris, what is Francisco Lindor's ceiling with his bat? A switch hitting SS that has a good chance to stick at SS doesn't come around very often. How excited should I be about this kid? Thanks for the chat!
(Jake from Indiana)
I think you should be excited, Jake. Lindor's a very good prospect at a premium position. You're looking at a high contact hitting ceiling with the bat. A player that can hit balls hard on a line, plug gaps, and use the whole field. There's a lot of development to go and some gates to pass, but potentially a top-of-the-order type and strong defender. (Chris Mellen)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)It seems like people are really high on Francisco Lindor, but he really seemed to struggle in the second half of the season last year. Do you know what happened? Did he tire due to the longer season and travel, or did the results not match what scouts were seeing?
(ttt from Manhattan)
Young kid in a tough league during his first full pro season. I did not myself see, nor have I heard from others, any concern. He's a dude; he's going to be a good pro player. (Nick Faleris)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the odds on favorite to establish himself as the number one prospect in baseball 12 months from now? The guy who could make the big leap in 2013. Miguel Sano, Francisco Lindor, Addison Russell all come to mind.
(Patrick from Boston)
Lindor if the bat explodes, but I don't really see it happening like that. I think it will be a tools freak that happens to put it together. Those are the #1 types. Like if a guy like Buxton or Starling explode. (Jason Parks)
2012-10-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)After Profar, rank in hotness the next level of upcoming minor league short stops from a list of Francisco Lindor, Addison Russell, Javier Baez, Hak-Ju Lee, Trevor Story, and Carlos Correa.
(Paul from DC)
Baez, Lindor, Russell, Story, Correa, Lee, but I'm assuming you're asking me to rank them purely be physical attractiveness. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-08-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)You have just finished watching a complex league game. You saw, for the first time, a player you had never before heard about. He is now your favorite prospect ever, filling you with feelings of Francisco Lindor, Oscar Taveres and Yu Darvish, held together by Willie Mays' maple syrup and choir robe. What position does he play? Where is he from? What makes him so special? Have you ever stumbled onto such a prospect without any prior knowledge of the kid's existence?
(Nick from Michigan)
He plays shortstop; he's special because he's 6'7'' and weighs 250 lbs; he hits bombs, he steals bases, and he thinks Mike Trout's ceiling is a bag of #slack. He's the first of his kind; the wave of the future. Power-forward body with Venezuelan shortstop actions, Mike Trout's speed, and Stanton's power. He's also a sweetheart that has grit. (Jason Parks)
2012-04-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Francisco Lindor know that you have a man crush on him?
(The Coach from Wisconsin)
I've never had a conversation with him about it. I assume the majority of people who have seen him play have a similar crush. I just have a platform to declare my love. (Jason Parks)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey, Jason. Thanks for the chat. So I've noticed a lot of similarities in what I'm hearing about Francisco Lindor relative to Jurickson Profar a year ago: does everything well, supremely polished for the age, lacks a huge offensive ceiling. This year Profar revised our expectations of him, particularly. I guess I'm trying to understand whether this well-rounded, extremely solid/polished skillset plays up (above expectations), or whether it was a true tools-based breakout. And of course I'm wondering whether the same might be expected of Lindor. Thanks for the chat and the dispatches from Arizona. I loved the bit about the dog.
(Rob from Alaska)
Here's the thing with Profar: I don't think his breakout season altered his ceiling, at least not in my mind. What it did was raise his floor, which was already very high. Profar is a first-division shortstop waiting to happen, and he might be an all-star shortstop before the music stops. His floor is basically a starting major leaguer at a premium defensive position. He is going to be very good. The only question is how good is how soon? Lindor is similar in the sense that his floor is remarkably high, and his current polish and maturity allows those that have seen him in person to paint an accurate picture of the type of player he is going to be. Like Profar, Lindor has everything you want to see in a starting SS at the major league level; instincts out the ass, + arm, + glove. Add to the mix a very good bat, a very mature approach, and some pop. It's a great combination. They are both going to play in the majors for over a decade. They are the shortstops of the future. (Jason Parks)

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