Lindor Has Early Professional Success and Minor League Roundup
By Sean Tuttle
In only his second season as a member of the Cleveland Indians organization, infielder Francisco Lindor, has been making waves at the plate and in the media. Lindor, 18, was drafted by the Tribe in the first round (8th pick overall) of last year’s June amateur draft out of Montverde Academy High School in Florida. The Puerto Rico native originally committed to Florida State, but made his debut in single-A Mahoning Valley last year.
In only 46 games this season, Lindor, is batting a .286 average. He has produced 30 runs, has 57 hits which include nine doubles, three triples, and four home runs. Lindor has 84 total bases to go along with 19 RBI’s. He has drawn 13 walks, and has struck out 30 times. He has also stolen 11 bases, and only been caught four times.
On May 8th, the Indians announced Lindor as their Minor League Player of the Week for the week of April 30 – May 6th. At which point Lindor was hitting .379 (11-29) with one double, two Home Runs, four RBI’s and five stolen bases in his last 7 games while posting a 1.040 OPS (.419 on-base pct, .621 slugging pct.). On May 2nd at Dayton, Lindor went 3-5 with two runs, a double and a stolen base in a Captains 5-3 win.
If the speed Lindor displays on the field translates to the speed he could rise through the organization’s ranks, it is only a matter of time before we are watching him produce in Columbus and wondering when he will get his chance to showcase his talents in Cleveland. Time is a luxury the Indians have with Lindor, after all, he is only 18 and it may be some time before anyone steals time away from current Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
Minor League Round-Up
As of May 30th, the Columbus Clippers (AAA) are 24-28 overall, are currently in second place, and six games out of first. The Clippers are currently riding a three game losing streak. Infielder, Matt LaPorta, is currently fifth in the International League in batting with a .310 AVG, second in home runs with 13, and fourth in total bases with 95. Infielder, Cord Phelps, is tied for first in the IL in doubles with 14. Outfielder, Chad Huffman, has hit safely in six of his last seven games (.333 AVG, 8-24, 3 2B, HR, 6 RBI). Left-handed Pitcher, David Huff, is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA (22.1IP, 21H, 5R/5ER, 2BB, 18K) in the month of May in four games, three starts including a complete game shutout on May 8th. Since moving to the bullpen following his April 18th start, Left-handed Pithcer, Scott Barnes, has posted a 2.19 ERA (12.1IP, 5H, 4R/3ER, 5BB, 13K) over eight appearances.
The Akron Aeros (AA) are 30-19 overall and currently sit in first place by three and a half games. Infielder, Chun Chen, is currently eighth in the Eastern League in hitting with a .317 AVG. and tied for second in doubles with 15. Outfielder, Tim Fedroff, is fifth in On-Base Percentage (.407) and third in triples with four. Outfielder, Nick Weglarz, has a five-game hitting streak (.385 AVG., 5-13, 2B, RBI). Since May 12th, infielder, Kyle Bellows has a .339 AVG (20-59, 4 2B, 4 HR, 13 RBI) raising his average from .193 to its current .257 mark. Left-handed Pitcher, T.J. House, has only allowed one earned run in each of his last two starts (13.0IP, 2 ER).
The Carolina Mudcats (A) are 24-27, are currently in fourth place, and are seven games in back of first. They currently are riding a two-game winning streak. Designated hitter, Jeremie Tice, is first in the Carolina League in RBI’s with 40, tied for first in HR’s with 10, and fifth in total bases with 83. Delvi Cid is fifth in stolen bases with 13. Outfielder, Tyler Holt, is first in triples with six, fourth in OBP (.404), and third in walks with 29. Outfielder, Carlos Moncrief, is tied for third with three. Right-handed pitcher, Jose Flores, is tied for third in saves with seven. Right-handed Pitcher, Shawn Armstrong, has only allowed two runs on nine hits in 25 innings this season with Carolina (13 appearances), he has 33 strikeouts compared to 14 walks.
The Lake County Captains (A) are 25-27 overall, are currently sitting in fifth place, 12.5 games back of first. They are currently on a two-game losing streak. The Captains rank sixth in total hits as a team with 430. Right-handed pitcher, Jeff Johnson, is third in saves with nine. Right-handed pitcher, Cody Anderson, is tenth in ERA (2.40), His eight strikeouts on May 20th were a career high.
Cole Cook transferred from Columbus to Lake County
Matt Lawson transferred from Mahoning Valley to Akron
Zach McAllister placed on optional assignment in Columbus
Juan Diaz recalled from Akron to CLE ML roster
Luke Carlin called up from Columbus to CLE ML roster
Patric Tolentino transferred from Mahoning Valley to Columbus
Steven Wright activated from 7 Day DL in Akron
Michel Hernandez transferred from Akron to Columbus
Jairo Asencio designated for assignment
Lonnie Chisenhall recalled from Columbus to CLE ML roster