Even before Francisco Lindor broke his nose during a Class AA game earlier in the week, it didn’t look like a promotion to the Major Leagues was in the cards for the Indians’ shortstop of the future.
According to Cleveland.com reporter Paul Hoynes, the organization doesn’t want to rush the 20-year-old and “potentially hurt his development.”
“When he does get to the big leagues, they want to make sure he’s in the best position possible to be successful,” Hoynes wrote.
For a team that’s struggling defensively, especially at shortstop, conditions look prime for the Lindor era to begin at Progressive Field. Terry Francona declared in spring training that Lindor had a major league-ready glove.
Lindor’s not a finished product with the stick, but he is having a good year offensively at Akron, slashing .283/.365/.409 with six homers and 49 RBIs, along with a .774 OPS.
Cabrea is having an awful year in the field, and is tied for the most errors in baseball (14) at his position. His bat has been OK (.247, 8 HRs, 18 doubles), but not good enough to stop Lindor from taking his spot.
Cabrera, 28, is a free agent after this season, and the Tribe front office must be praying they get an offer for a player who’s only two years removed from playing in the All-Star game.
Lindor is expected to return to the field in a week-to-10 days.
When his nose heals, would you promote Francisco Lindor to the big leagues?