The Tribe’s heir apparent at shortstop, Francisco Lindor, was named an Eastern League All-Star Monday. The former first-round pick was one of three Akron RubberDucks named to the Class AA game.
Lindor, the Indians’ top prospect, represents the biggest name on the Western Division roster and is likely to be the side’s starting shortstop next week. He owns a .279/.355/.399 line with six homers, 44 RBIs and 20 steals (sixth-most in the EL) in 77 games for Double-A Akron.
The shortstop, who at 20 years old has been the youngest player in the Eastern League this season, remains one of the best defensive stars not only in the circuit but in the Minors after receiving a 70 grade on his fielding tool from MLB.com last offseason. He leads EL shortstops in putouts (113) and double plays (57) and has created more than his fair share of his highlights at one of the toughest defensive positions in the game.
In case you missed it, Lindor started this sick double play Sunday. It makes you wish the Indians would’ve traded current big-league shortstop error co-leader Asdrubal Cabrera (14 and counting) two months ago.
The pressure was put on Cabby in Spring Training when manager Terry Francona said Lindor already had a big-league glove. Judging by the video, he was right.