short, stocky frame; noticeable added weight since last season; nice lower half and filled out upper body; durability issues no longer a concern; could be heavier than listed weight; plus-plus look in his RubberDucks uniform.
Akron RubberDucks (AA, Indians)
70 grade; always in involved and interacting with teammates; shows willingness to work at craft; raved about work ethic.
All-Star caliber SS
wide stance with loose hands; sweet, short path to the ball; plus-plus bat speed with slight lift in swing; barrel comes through hitting zone at slight angle; excellent balance; innate bat-to-ball skills; recognizes spin early; tracks ball deep into hitting zone; can barrel velocity and quality spin; gets great post contact extension; swing is mirrored from both sides of the plate; small wrist lock before starting swing creates torque as hips get involved; excellent strength in wrists and hands giving him very good barrel control; makes consistent hard contact; shows advanced feel for strike zone; comes up with approach and will adjust to the situation; has a knack for hitting.
power will come from plus-plus bat speed and lift; natural bat-to-ball skills allows him to barrel everything; showed ability to backspin ball in BP; sneaky raw power; in game, hit two to the wall to right-center from the right side. Also launched one foul deep pull-side; added weight and strength has helped; will be plenty of 2B power with HR potential as he matures; gets very good extension with pitches out over the plate; presently below avg.
instinctive on the base paths; reads pitchers and balls in play well; 4.1-4.17 range to first left side; swing allows him to get out of the box quickly and accelerate; 2nd gear is average; not a burner.
unbelievable; silky, smooth actions; unmatched instincts and reactions on the field; despite solid-avg. runner, quick first step and reactions allows range to play plus-plus; makes backhand pick look easy; extremely soft hands and smooth transfers to throw; stays low and has quick turn on DP; excellent footwork around 2B bag when turned DP; shows all traits of elite level shortstop.
strong, accurate throws from all places; made throw from deep SS hole on a line as well as spinning throw up the middle.
Francisco Lindor can do it all. Not only is he an elite defender at shortstop but the bat will have impact too. Noticeable added weight and strength along with his natural ability will allow his power to play a little higher than most expect. I was mostly impressed with Lindor’s advanced approach and ability to adjust to the situation. He is so advanced for his age and it shows. He’s a special player.