Indians promoting top prospect Francisco Lindor
By Jacob Rosen
After a false alarm last weekend, the day is finally here: No. 1 Cleveland Indians prospect Francisco Lindor will be promoted on Sunday. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan was the first to report the news, while MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian later confirmed it.
Last week, when Jose Ramirez was sent to Triple-A Columbus (along with Lonnie Chisenhall), many expected Lindor to be called up in his place. Instead, the Indians sent up utility man Zach Walters. Walters continued to struggle hitting for average and now has a .159/.202/.363 line in 39 career games for Cleveland. No corresponding move for Sunday has been announced yet.
Lindor, 21, was the No. 8 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. He was a consensus top-10 prospect in all of baseball entering the season.
In 95 career games in Triple-A through Friday, Lindor batted .276/.330/.394 with 15 doubles, five triples, seven home runs, 36 RBIs and 11 steals. His stolen base and BB/K rates were both way down from his 109-game sample with Double-A Akron. Additionally, GM Chris Antonetti cited some very minor hand/core issues last week when discussing Lindor's non-promotion. No set deadline had been announced for his expected debut at that time.
There has been an incredible string of top baseball prospect promotions within the last few weeks. The Minnesota Twins announced on Saturday that their top prospect, outfielder Byron Buxton, also would be promoted this weekend. The Houston Astros promoted Carlos Correa and the Texas Rangers promoted Joey Gallo all in the last week, as well. The flurry of moves indicate that the super-two free agency deadline had passed.
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