Full name FRANCISCO MIGUEL LINDOR...Single...Hit .528 (28-53) during his senior season at Montverde (FL) Academy High School with 6HR, 13 RBI and 20 steals and was named to the USA Today All-USA high school baseball team...Was also a Rawlings First Team All-American in 2011 and won the home run hitting contest at the Aflac All-American Game in August of 2010 in San Diego's PETCO Park...Moved to the Orlando area when he was 12 years old...In 2009 he helped Under-16 Team USA to a gold medal in Taiwan by hitting .500 with three triples and six steals...First prep player selected by Cleveland since 2001...Was ranked as the 7th best prospect in the entire draft by Baseball America (3rd highest position player) and Perfect Game...Participated in the 2014 Caribbean Games for the Puerto Rican National Team... On Twitter: @lindor12bc...Very active in the community, visiting numerous Boys and Girls Clubs and MLB Academies in Cleveland and around the country during the season...Hosted a Play Ball youth event on Jan. 21, 2017 in his hometown of Clermont, FL...Was also the brainchild of the "Lindor Smiles" community endeavor initiative that benefits the Miracle League of Ohio, which provides an opportunity for children and adults with mental and/or physical challenges to play baseball...2016-17 TribeFest participant.
Enjoyed a stellar sophomore season for Cleveland, his first full Major League season and was named to the American League All-Star team (at 22 years old was the 4th-youngest All-Star in team history)…Finished 2nd among American League shortstops in runs, hits and batting average and fourth in RBI while leading the team in hits and runs scored…Led the Majors in sacrifice flies and finished in the top ten in the American League in B-R defensive WAR and hits (see box below)… Saved 17 defensive runs for the season according to Fangraphs…Won his first Rawlings Gold Glove award and was named the league's Platinum Glove winner as well as best overall fielder... He is the second-youngest Indians player to earn a Rawlings Gold Glove Award behind Rick Manning (21 in 1976) and the youngest Major League player since Manny Machado (21 in 2013)....Second-youngest Major League shortstop to earn a Gold Glove behind Detroit's Alan Trammell in 1980 (22.227 in 1980)...Hit at least .293 in each month of the season before hitting .233 (21-90) in Sept/Oct (did walk 19 times to post a respectable .365 OB%, 15 runs)…Batted .341 (42-123) in 30 August games with 4 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 13 RB and 16 runs…Average went from .313 to .301 over the last month of the season as he fell from 6th to 11th in the A.L. in average over that span…Endured a career-high 0-for-29 (27 at bats, 2 SF) from Sept. 16-28 that took his average from .313 to .300...Made 153 starts (155 games) at shortstop during the season and led the team with 158 games played with Carlos Santana…Also made 1 start at the DH spot…Was tied for second in Major League Baseball with 23 games of at least three hits, the most such games by an Indians batter since Earl Averill (29) and Hal Trosky (24) in 1936…Was tied with Jose Altuve behind Jean Segura (24) for the most in baseball this season…From July 5 thru the end of the season he batted .303 (88-290) with 46 runs, 15 2B, 5 HR and 37 RBI over the last 77 games of the season...Enjoyed a career-high four hits on Sept. 3 vs. Miami…Enjoyed his first career two-homer game on June 25 at Detroit...From Sept. 10-on he batted .103 (6-58) with 8 runs, 1 HR and 9 RBI over the last 19 games of the season (did not homer from Aug. 10-Sept. 29; endured 0-for-29 from 9/16-28)…Reached base safely via hit or walk in 46 of his final 54 games of the season after August 4...Had a .401 on-base pct. at home…Batted .301 (82-272) with runners on base, .190 (11- 58) with RISP-2outs…Hit .273 (18-66) on 0-2 counts, the 7th-highest mark in the A.L… Second in the A.L. in assists at shortstop (447), 1st in total zone runs as a SS (24, B-R), 4th in putouts and 4th in range factor (4.27), fielding pct (.982, 12E, 674TC)...Finished tied for 9th in the A.L. MVP voting after the season (56 points; Miguel Cabrera)... Hit .310 (18-58) in the Postseason with 5 runs, 3 2B, 2HR & 6 RBI in all 15 games...Hit first career Postseason HR, 10/6 vs. BOS (Porcello; G1)…Had 3 straight multi-hit games (ALDS G3-ALCS G1/2); first Indians player in PS since Omar Vizquel (1998)…His 7 multihit games were most-ever for a player less than 23 years old)…Led team in hits in Postseason…His 18 hits were most by an Indians batter in PS since 1997...His 8 hits in the World Series were most ever by a player that young in club history; the youngest player to record eight-or-more hits in the World Series since Florida's Edgar Renteria (21) had nine hits in the 1997 World Series....7th player age-22-or-younger to record 3 multi-hit games in the World Series, joining Renteria (1997), Tony Kubek (1957), Mickey Mantle (1952), Dib Williams (1931), Jimmie Foxx (1929) and Jimmy Sebring (1903).
Spent the last four months of the season at the Major League level and immediately vaulted himself into the American League Rookie of the Year discussion...Led A.L. rookies in batting average (.313) and WAR (4.6) and ranked in the top 10 in a host of offensive categories (see box at right), stabilizing the left side of the Cleveland infield despite being the 8th-youngest player in the A.L. at the time of his promotion...Became the first Indians rookie with at least 10 steals, 10 homers, 20 doubles, 100 hits and .300 average since 1929 (Earl Averill, age 27)...Spent the first two months of the season in Triple-A Columbus prior to his June 14 promotion, hitting .281 (64-228) with 11 doubles, 5 triples, 2 home runs and 22 RBI in 58 games for the Clippers...At the time of his call-up he ranked tied for 9th in the International League in hits and tied for 4th in triples and over his last 12 games in June he batted .404 (19-47) with 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR and 3 RBI to raise his season average from .249-.281...Hit .325 (13-40) with RISP for the Clippers after entering the season the 4th-rated prospect in all of Major League Baseball (MLB.com)...Collected his first Major League hit in first at bat of his Major League debut, a pinch-hit single at Detroit on June 14 off Joakim Soria...Hit his first Major League home run on June 24 vs. Detroit (Buck Farmer)...Hit .223 (23-103) with 6 runs, 3 2B, 2 HR & 9 RBI over his first 26 games thru the conclusion of the first half before becoming one of the best players in the American League after the break, hitting .345 (99-287) with 44 runs, 19 2B, 4 3B, 10 HR & 42 RBI in 73 second half games....Ranked 1st in the entire A.L. in second half batting average, 3rd in hits, 11th in on-base pct (.386), T15th in runs scored .and 10th in OPS (.930) after the break... In his first career start at Chicago-NL on June 16, he collected his first run, RBI and stolen base (2-5, R, RBI, SB)...Overall he made 97 starts at shortstop (98 games), compiling a fielding pct. of .974 (10E, 389TC) with a UZR of 10.5 and 10 defensive runs saved, both of which led American League shortstops in 2015...Hit safely in 73 games with Cleveland and led the A.L. in sac. hits (13) and was 5th with 20 bunts in play...Collected a career-high 4 RBI on July 30 vs. Kansas City, again on Sept. 16 vs. KC and finished a double shy of the cycle on Sept. 9 at Chicago-AL (3-5, 3B, HR, RBI, 2R)...Hit .370 (40-108) in 28 August games with 18 runs, 8 doubles, 2 home runs and 12 RBI (.913OPS), collecting the most hits in a single month by an Indians rookie since August 1964 (Chico Salmon)...From August 4 thru the end of the season he batted .361 (MLB-high 78 hits in 216AB) with 35 RS, 17 2B, 4 3B, 7 HR and 32 RBI in 56 games. to raise his average from .253 to .313...Hit in a season/career-high 10 straight games from August 4-15...Enjoyed 39 multi-hit games for Cleveland and hit .342 (105-307) from July 8 thru the end of the season...Batted .325 (53-163) with runners on base, the 11th-best mark in the American League...His .321 (45-140) average vs. LHP was the 11th-highest mark among all A.L. batters...Batted in the two-spot in the order in 85 games for Terry Francona...Just the third Indians rookie in club history with at least 10 HR and 100 hits before their 22nd birthday (others Hal Trosky 1934, Ken Keltner 1938)...His 99 hits since the All-Star break were the most in one year by a Cleveland rookie since 1947, when Dale Mitchell tallied 129 hits (Elias)...Finished runner-up to Carlos Correa in The Sporting News A.L. rookie of the year player voting after the season.
Split the 2014 campaign between AA Akron and AAA Columbus, where he hit .276 (140-567) w/16 2B, 4 3B, 11HR, 62 RBI and 75 runs scored in 126 games...Also collected 28 stolen bases, 3rd-most in the organization...Started the year at Akron, missed a week from June 26-July 1 w/a broken nose (bad hop ground ball) and was promoted to Columbus on July 21...Named an organizational all-star by MILB.com ...Selected to his third straight Future's Game and was an Eastern League All-Star selection...After the season played for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .265 (26-98) with 5 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI and 15 RS in 24 games...He enters the season as the #1 rated prospect in the Indians organization according to Baseball America, MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus...Ranked as MLB's 4th-best prospect in the annual MLB.com Top 100 entering 2015.
Hit a combined .303 (122-403) with 22 doubles, 7 triples, 2 home runs and 34RBI in 104 games between A Carolina and AA Akron (.380OB/.787OPS, 25SB)...Led the Indians Player Development system in batting average...Spent the first three and half months with Carolina and was promoted to AA Akron on July 16 after playing in his second straight XM Future's Game...Was also a Carolina League midseason all-star...Entered 2013 as the top prospect in the system according to MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus and was second according to Baseball America...Overall among MLB's top 100 overall prospects he was 28th/14th, respectively, according to Baseball America and MLB.com...Also named as the system's best defensive infielder and as having the best strike-zone discipline by BA...Season got off to a fine start in Carolina, hitting .340 (31-91) in 24 April games with 12 RS, 6 2B, 1HR & 10RBI...Hit above .283 in all four months he played in Carolina...At the time of his 7/16 promotion he was T1st in the Carolina League in triples, 4th in batting average, 4th in hits, 7th in steals and 9th in on-base pct...After promotion to Akron he did not play after August 14 due to a stress reaction in his lower back...Combined between the two levels he hit .324 (99-306) off right-handed pitching and .237 (23-97) off LHP...Enters 2014 ranked as the top Indians prospect according to MLB.com, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus...Overall among MLB's top 100 overall 2014 prospects he was ranked 10th/6th by MLB.com/Baseball Prospectus...Also named as the system's best defensive infielder and as having the best strike-zone discipline by BA entering the upcoming season.
Entered the 2012 season ranked as the top prospect in the organization according to Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus and appeared in the Future's Game for the World Team in KC, MO...Entering 2012 season among MLB's top 100 prospects ranked 37th/32nd overall, respectively, according to Baseball America & MLB.com...Named to the Midwest League midseason and postseason all-star teams and was rated by Baseball America as the 3rd-best MWL prospect after the season...Led Midwest League with 8 intentional walks, finished T5th in runs scored (83, led organization)...His 27 steals ranked 4th in the Indians system.