Lindor Starts for World in Future’s Game
Mike B. | On 13, Jul 2014
Francisco Lindor has now made three Future’s Game appearances at the All-Star Game, and very likely it will be his last. The next time he appears in the Mid-Summer Classic it will be on Tuesday evening instead of Sunday afternoon.
After playing a minor role in the last two season’s Sirius XM Future’s Game, Lindor started for the World Team on Sunday. The game is the opening of the All-Star Game festivities and Lindor—the Indians top prospect since he was selected eighth overall in the 2011 MLB First Year Player Draft—a native of Puerto Rico, got the start at shortstop. The game features the best minor league players from all 30 teams each season, with the U.S. led team defeating the World, 3-2 this year. It is the U.S. team’s fifth straight win.
Lindor did not register a hit, grounding out in the first inning and striking out in the fourth inning. He played four and a half inning before giving way to Javier Baez, the Chicago Cubs’ top prospect. Baez hit a two-run home run to put the World ahead at the time. Texas Rangers’ prospect Joey Gallo hit a two-run home run to give the U.S. the lead and eventual win.
For Lindor, his three Future’s Game appearances will likely be the end of his Mid-Summer Classic trips on the minor league level. Lindor is the Indians top prospect, hitting .284, with six home runs, 46 runs batted in, 24 stolen bases and 50 runs scored in 82 games this season at Double-A Akron. Lindor is ranked as the #9 prospect in all of minor league baseball according to MLB.com and many believe will be the Indians opening day shortstop in 2015. Current shortstop, Asdrubal Cabrera, is a free agent at the end of this season.
Lindor will appear with teammates Joe Colon and Shawn Armstrong in the Eastern League All-Star Game in Altoona, Pa., on Wednesday night before rejoining the Akron RubberDucks for the second half of the season beginning on Thursday night against Erie at home in Canal Park.
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