Indians shortstop prospect Lindor impresses

Indians shortstop prospect Lindor impresses

Indians shortstop prospect Lindor impresses
Teenage shortstop Carlos Correa, selected first overall by the Astros in this year's First-Year Player Draft, would do well to perform similarly to Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor during his first full professional season.

Lindor, 18, who is also a shortstop and from Puerto Rico, was Cleveland's first-round pick (No. 8 overall) in last year's Draft. He only played a few New York-Penn League games after he signed last year out of high school but is making his presence felt this season at Class A Lake County.

"He's been great and extremely consistent," said Ross Atkins, the Indians' vice president of player development. "He's been aggressive on the basepaths and has been one of the better offense players on the team and in the league. For being one of youngest in league, we are extremely excited about his start."

Lindor, No. 26 on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list is hitting .278 with 10 doubles, three triples and four home runs with 22 RBIs in his first 56 games for the Captains.

Lindor is far from a finished product. The Indians are trying to refine his approach at the plate without taking away his aggressiveness. They are also working on the shortstop's "game clock."

"He's discovering the pace and speed of the game and learning how to maximize his rhythm and timing," Atkins said. "He's a beast as a defender and an offensive player. We want to make sure he is as consistent as can be."