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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 24)
690 .286 21 98 78 17 .276 4.5
Birth Date11-14-1993
Height5' 11"
Weight190 lbs
Age24 years, 3 months, 4 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2015 CLE 21 99 438 390 50 122 22 4 12 188 27 69 1 7 13 51 12 2 .313 .353 .482 .286 27.7 3.3 3.3
2016 CLE 22 158 684 604 99 182 30 3 15 263 57 88 5 15 3 78 19 5 .301 .358 .435 .270 40.4 19.3 6.2
2017 CLE 23 159 723 651 99 178 44 4 33 329 60 93 4 3 5 89 15 3 .273 .337 .505 .280 48.4 3.8 5.2

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- 5 20 .258 .255 .367 .364 .274 .429 110 0 0.6 0.1 0.0 -0.0 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2012 LKC A 122 568 .260 .254 .325 .375 .262 .295 98 0 16.7 7.4 5.8 3.3 27.5 3.3 27.5 3.3
2013 CAR A+ 83 373 .274 .248 .322 .371 .248 .341 107 5.6 10.9 4.9 5.3 -2.3 19.1 2.5 19.1 2.5
2013 AKR AA 21 91 .305 .261 .329 .397 .271 .309 98 4.1 2.5 1.1 -2.4 -0.8 7.0 0.5 7.0 0.5
2014 AKR AA 88 387 .273 .263 .331 .397 .267 .320 102 5.2 10.6 4.9 6.8 0.1 20.9 2.9 20.9 2.9
2014 COH AAA 38 180 .230 .265 .332 .401 .256 .317 107 -6.2 5.4 2.5 2.4 0.7 2.4 0.5 2.4 0.5
2015 CLE MLB 99 438 .286 .251 .314 .400 .257 .348 106 11.1 11.8 5.4 3.3 -0.6 27.7 3.3 27.7 3.3
2015 COH AAA 59 262 .271 .262 .325 .375 .259 .328 107 3 7.3 3 -1.3 0.4 13.6 1.3 13.6 1.3
2016 CLE MLB 158 684 .270 .259 .324 .432 .263 .324 112 6.9 19.3 8.7 19.3 5.5 40.4 6.2 40.4 6.2
2017 CLE MLB 159 723 .280 .262 .329 .438 .264 .275 105 15.5 21.2 9.6 3.8 2.1 48.4 5.2 48.4 5.2

Statistics For All Levels

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2011 MHV A- 20 4 6 0 0 0 2 1 5 1 0 .316 .350 .316 .000 .258 0.6 0.0 0.1
2012 LKC A 568 83 126 24 3 6 42 61 78 27 12 .257 .352 .355 .098 .260 27.5 5.8 3.3
2013 CAR A+ 373 51 100 19 6 1 27 35 39 20 5 .306 .373 .410 .104 .274 19.1 5.3 2.5
2013 AKR AA 91 14 22 3 1 1 7 14 7 5 2 .289 .407 .395 .105 .305 7.0 -2.4 0.5
2014 COH AAA 180 24 45 4 0 5 14 9 36 3 7 .273 .307 .388 .115 .230 2.4 2.4 0.5
2014 AKR AA 387 51 95 12 4 6 48 40 61 25 9 .278 .352 .389 .111 .273 20.9 6.8 2.9
2015 CLE MLB 438 50 122 22 4 12 51 27 69 12 2 .313 .353 .482 .169 .286 27.7 3.3 3.3
2015 COH AAA 262 26 65 11 5 2 22 25 38 9 7 .284 .350 .402 .118 .271 13.6 -1.3 1.3
2016 CLE MLB 684 99 182 30 3 15 78 57 88 19 5 .301 .358 .435 .134 .270 40.4 19.3 6.2
2017 CLE MLB 723 99 178 44 4 33 89 60 93 15 3 .273 .337 .505 .232 .280 48.4 3.8 5.2

Plate Discipline

2015 1577 0.4800 0.4883 0.8117 0.6724 0.3183 0.8782 0.6820 0.1883 640 0.006303
2016 2520 0.4897 0.4714 0.8274 0.6515 0.2986 0.8868 0.7031 0.1726 0 0.000000
2017 2721 0.4686 0.4583 0.8468 0.6227 0.3133 0.9118 0.7329 0.1532 0 0.000000

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
2017 CLE $579,300
2016 CLE $540,300
2015 CLE $
2 yrPrevious$1,119,600
2 yrTotal$1,119,600


Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 113 dSportsmeter1 year/$0.5793M (2017)

  • 1 year/$0.5793M (2017). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/11/17.
  • 1 year/$0.5403M (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).

2018 Preseason Forecast

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

90o 732 113 206 41 6 24 90 64 97 19 5 .316 .378 .508 .303 59.3 SS 8 6.9
80o 718 107 197 39 6 23 86 61 97 18 5 .307 .368 .495 .293 51.2 SS 8 6.0
70o 707 103 189 38 5 22 83 58 97 18 5 .299 .359 .479 .287 45.6 SS 8 5.4
60o 698 101 182 36 5 21 80 57 97 17 5 .291 .351 .465 .281 40.8 SS 8 5.0
50o 690 98 177 35 5 21 78 55 97 17 5 .286 .346 .460 .276 36.5 SS 8 4.5
40o 682 95 172 34 5 20 75 53 96 16 4 .281 .339 .450 .270 32.3 SS 8 4.0
30o 673 93 166 33 5 19 73 51 96 16 4 .274 .332 .439 .264 27.8 SS 8 3.6
20o 662 89 160 32 5 19 70 49 96 15 4 .268 .324 .434 .258 22.8 SS 8 3.0
10o 648 84 150 30 4 18 66 46 95 14 4 .256 .311 .413 .248 16.0 SS 7 2.4
Weighted Mean6919817835521785597175.287.346.461.27637.0SS 84.5

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 78)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 86 J.J. Hardy 2007 .254
2 85 Xander Bogaerts 2017 .259
3 83 Troy Tulowitzki 2009 .306
4 83 Starlin Castro 2014 .279
5 82 Jose Reyes 2007 .272
6 82 Hanley Ramirez 2008 .331
7 81 Elvis Andrus 2013 .251
8 81 Asdrubal Cabrera 2010 .238
9 81 Harvey Kuenn 1955 .280
10 81 Tom Tresh 1963 .323
11 81 Gregg Jefferies 1992 .266
12 80 Manny Machado 2017 .261
13 80 Bill Madlock 1975 .317
14 80 Paul Molitor 1981 .261
15 80 Gary Sheffield 1993 .296
16 80 Ron Hunt 1965 .234
17 80 Bret Barberie 1992 .246
18 80 Gordon Beckham 2011 .240
19 80 Wil Cordero 1996 .239
20 80 Dave Cash 1972 .278
21 79 George Brett 1977 .309
22 79 Brett Lawrie 2014 .262
23 79 Orlando Cabrera 1999 .230
24 79 Eric Hosmer 2014 .262
25 79 Kevin Stocker 1994 .263
26 78 Terry Puhl 1981 .259
27 78 Jose Altuve 2014 .302
28 78 Larry Brown 1964 .243
29 78 Robin Ventura 1992 .294
30 78 Andrelton Simmons 2014 .230
31 78 Buddy Bell 1976 .262
32 78 Ernie Banks 1955 .343
33 78 Rafael Palmeiro 1989 .268
34 78 Ryan Zimmerman 2009 .304
35 78 Matty Alou 1963 .120
36 78 Bruce Bochte 1975 .286
37 78 Al Oliver 1971 .283
38 78 Nick Markakis 2008 .305
39 78 Mookie Betts 2017 .276
40 77 Chris Speier 1974 .261
41 77 Melky Cabrera 2009 .251
42 77 Rick Burleson 1975 .231
43 77 Kevin Elster 1989 .243
44 77 Johnny Groth 1951 .249
45 77 Roberto Alomar 1992 .307
46 77 Steve Nicosia 1980 .209
47 77 Bob Heise 1971 .203
48 77 Alan Trammell 1982 .268
49 77 Billy Butler 2010 .286
50 76 Rich Coggins 1975 .212
51 76 Ken Boswell 1970 .251
52 76 Len Dykstra 1987 .282
53 76 Dick McAuliffe 1964 .272
54 76 Tim Raines 1984 .305
55 76 Jose Tabata 2013 .279
56 76 Barry Larkin 1988 .286
57 76 Derek Jeter 1998 .311
58 76 Ken Oberkfell 1980 .279
59 76 Steve Sax 1984 .241
60 76 Dave Chalk 1975 .273
61 76 Al Woods 1978 .232
62 76 Jose Lind 1988 .246
63 76 Christian Yelich 2016 .318
64 76 Thurman Munson 1971 .269
65 76 Bobby Valentine 1974 .258
66 76 Wilmer Flores 2016 .305
67 76 Tony Gwynn 1984 .310
68 76 Willie Randolph 1979 .272
69 76 Nellie Fox 1952 .273
70 76 Paul Blair 1968 .245
71 75 Toby Harrah 1973 .255
72 75 Carlos Baerga 1993 .289
73 75 Brian McCann 2008 .309
74 75 Phil Gagliano 1966 .259
75 75 Rafael Furcal 2002 .248
76 75 Joe Mauer 2007 .284
77 75 Manny Jimenez 1963 .267
78 75 Marcus Giles 2002 .251
79 75 Tony Fernandez 1986 .281
80 75 Whitey Lockman 1951 .278
81 75 Oscar Gamble 1974 .309
82 75 Lee Mazzilli 1979 .302
83 75 Brent Gates 1994 .257
84 75 Edgardo Alfonzo 1998 .274
85 75 Brent Abernathy 2002 .219
86 75 Roger Metzger 1972 .231
87 75 Al Kaline 1959 .325
88 75 Jim Lefebvre 1966 .312
89 75 Ramon Hernandez 2000 .231
90 75 Pablo Sandoval 2011 .329
91 75 Bob Bailey 1967 .254
92 75 Bert Campaneris 1966 .270
93 74 Walt Williams 1968 .232
94 74 Ted Simmons 1974 .279
95 74 Joe Foy 1967 .264
96 74 Maikel Franco 2017 .235
97 74 Brad Fullmer 1999 .244
98 74 Rusty Staub 1968 .311
99 74 Amos Otis 1971 .297
100 74 Steve Ontiveros 1976 .173


10 vs L (Multi) .300 .341 .443 .269
11 vs R (Multi) .306 .365 .449 .276
18 Split (Multi) .007 .024 .006 .008
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.012 -.001 -.003 -.000
30 vs L (2016) .292 .332 .416 .259
31 vs R (2016) .306 .371 .445 .275
38 Split (2016) .014 .039 .029 .017
39 LgAvg (2016) -.014 .000 -.009 -.001

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

2017 If Francisco Lindor were your boyfriend, he would write down what he loved about you on little scraps of paper that he’d hide around the house for you to find. Tiny notes in his boyish scrawl, folded up in cabinets or desk drawers or under your pillow. You’d bring them up, and he’d grin and say that he didn’t know what you were talking about. If Francisco Lindor were your doctor, you’d find yourself wishing to get sick just so you could see him. If Francisco Lindor were your coworker, he’d make you want to care about work. He wouldn’t take anything too seriously, but he’d be earnest without being cheesy, and he’d always find something interesting in even the most mundane projects. Sometimes, while talking on the phone or filling out a spreadsheet, he’d twirl a pencil between his fingers in smooth figure-eights. You’d try it once and drop the pencil and look like an idiot. If Francisco Lindor were your neighbor, he’d always know the perfect time to invite you over for a beer. He would never be unnecessarily loud, and he would always stay home to sign for your UPS packages. If Francisco Lindor were your shortstop, he would be perfect.
2016 The runner-up for the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year made a pretty good case that he, not Carlos Correa, was not only the league's top rookie, but also the most valuable shortstop in baseball. Of course, Correa made a pretty good case, too. The world is generous to us, and this is going to be really, really fun.

The case for Lindor relies a bit on defensive value, which we all know is less nourishing in single servings than offensive value. But Lindor's exceptional ratings (DRS had him worth 10 runs; UZR, 15) are just confirmation of what scouts and prospect mavens have been promising: Ultraathleticism, supergrace, megarange, etc. Lindor stands out most on a particular type of play, the one that off the bat looks neither routine nor necessarily a hit, the tweener groundball. On plays judged by the video-scouting company Inside Edge to be either Unlikely plays (10-40 percent of shortstops would convert it) or Even plays (40-60 percent), Lindor was the best in baseball last year. Of the Unlikely variety, he succeeded 67 percent of the time. This is a small bucket of plays and this was only a glimpse, to be sure, but glimpses have powered carnal fantasies for millenia.

Of course, that's what we had expected from Lindor. The headline, really, was that he can really hit. Despite bringing his groundball tendencies with him to The Show, he took 14 balls out of the park in 2015, a new professional career high. His power might regress some—51 percent is a lot of grounders for an aspiring slugger—but his advanced approach and bat-to-ball skills look strong enough to make those Elvis Andrus comps look stingy: At 22, he's already the better hitter. And probably the better shortstop. And maybe, just maybe, the best shortstop.

2015 If you closed your eyes and set your mind to imagining the prototypical defensive shortstop, Francisco Lindor would appear with a quick first step. He would display superior range and show off arm strength and accuracy with a seed delivered to the first baseman's chest from deep in the hole. Maybe at the end he would wink at you. Lindor's glove has a way of overshadowing his contributions at the plate, which are developing in a positive direction: He has good barrel control, a quick bat and a plan at the plate that foretells a possible future as a good offensive player, but, as you can see above, he's not there yet. He runs well enough to envision a few seasons in the 20s in stolen bases, but he's not going to break any land speed records. Or air speed records, for that matter. Or water. Are there any other speed records?
2014 The youngest participant in the 2012 Futures Game, Lindor was shut down in mid-August with a back strain. That hardly put a dent in his development, though, because the shortstop had already climbed all the way to Double-A, where he showed off his pitch recognition by walking twice as often as he struck out. Lindors on-base percentage would have ranked fourth in the Eastern League if maintained over a full season, and it is just one of many testaments to the polish with which he dazzles scouts on both sides of the ball. Power may never be a part of Lindors game, but with a Gold Glove skill set at shortstop, the hit tool and discipline to bat near the top of the order and the makeup and instincts to maximize his ability, there is one word to describe what lies in his near future: stardom.
2013 The stats alone might leave you wanting, but when you consider the fact that Lindor was an 18-year-old who needed just five games in Low-A before handling a full-season assignment last year, things begin to crystalize a bit more. Of course, considering his youth only makes his 11 percent walk and 13 percent strikeout rates that much more impressive. Given how far away he is, this is all more dream than actualization, but Lindor is a first-division shortstop in the making, with a superstar ceiling. His amazing glove at a premium position will make his offensive output play up, but at his peak he can be a .285 batting average/.375 on-base percentage guy with gap power and good speed. It will be fun to watch him develop.
2012 The team's first-round draft pick in 2011 (and the eighth overall pick in the draft), Lindor may already be Cleveland's top prospect after their slew of injuries, trades, and promotions this season. A great defender with plus range and a plus arm, Lindor often looks more like an acrobat than a baseball player. Far from one-dimensional, he also shows a good approach at the plate, patience, and the potential to hit for a good average and moderate power. Lindor is poised to establish himself as one of the top shortstop prospects in all of baseball in 2012, though it may take him a while to reach the majors since he's fresh out of high school.

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BP Chats

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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