Lindor's HR, four hits spark Peoria offense

Indians' top prospect adds double as Javelinas beat Scorpions, 11-2

Lindor's HR, four hits spark Peoria offense

Francisco Lindor wasted no time sparking Peoria's offense Thursday. The Indians' top prospect led off the bottom of the first inning with a double off Scottsdale starter Ryan O'Sullivan. Five batters later, the Javelinas had four more doubles and four runs on the scoreboard.

Peoria's offense didn't stop there. The Javelinas pounded out 15 hits and routed Scottsdale, 11-2, in Arizona Fall League action. Lindor, ranked No. 4 on's Top 100 Prospects list, collected hits in each of his first four plate appearances and finished a triple shy of the cycle.

Lindor said not completing the cycle didn't bother him. Instead, he was pleased to put together so many good at bats.

"We got the W and I had very productive at bats and that's what matters," he said. "The first four at bats were very productive. The last two, they were OK."

Lindor finished the game 4-for-6 with a home run, a double and a stolen base. He scored twice and drove in three runs. He became the first player to collect four hits in a game this fall.

Lindor wasn't alone in having a good day at the plate. All nine starters collected at least one hit and all but two scored at least once. Catcher Justin O'Conner, the Rays' No. 14 prospect, went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and an RBI before he was replaced to start the sixth inning. Outfielder Kes Carter added two hits and two RBIs.

Like Lindor, O'Conner and Carter doubled and scored during the Javelinas explosive first inning. Lindor said O'Sullivan made good pitches in the first, but he left a few pitches over the plate.

"It wasn't just me," Lindor said. "We got five doubles in that inning. It was a very, very productive inning as a team."

After being staked to the early lead, Peoria's pitching staff silenced Scottsdale's bats. Right-hander Aaron Northcraft, the Braves' No. 14 prospect, threw three scoreless innings to start the game. He struck out two batters and held the Scorpions to one hit and one walk. The 24-year old threw 44 pitches and picked up the victory.

After right-handers Colton Reavis and Louis Head combined for three scoreless innings of relief, Scottsdale got on the scoreboard with a run in the seventh and another in the eighth against right-hander Ryne Harper to avoid the shutout. First baseman Greg Bird, the Yankees' No. 11 prospect , went 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Outfielder Brandon Nimmo, the Mets' No. 3 prospect and No. 60 on the Top 100, added two hits.

But Thursday belonged to Lindor and the Javelinas. It was another impressive day in what has been a solid year for the 20-year old. He began the season with Double-A Akron and earned a promotion to Triple-A Columbus in July. The Puerto Rican native also represented the Indians in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game for the third year in a row, starting at shortstop for the World team.

Between Akron and Columbus, Lindor hit .276/.338/.389 with 11 home runs and 28 stolen bases. He also dazzled with his defense, burnishing his reputation as one of the best defenders in the Minor Leagues.

Now, Lindor is hoping to finish his season with a productive fall. He said he is working to improve all facets of his game and wants to have fun doing so.

"Get better and stay healthy and have fun," Lindor said. "I've got to have fun. If I don't have fun, I'm not doing my job."

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.