Fans, players, coaches, family, and friends. A lot of people were excited when they found out Indians’ top prospect Franciso Lindor was promoted to Triple-A Columbus. But one person was arguably more excited than anyone else about the news. Columbus Clippers third baseman Giovanny Urshela.
“Yeah, very excited to see him here at the next level,” Urshela said. “I’m very excited for him and happy for me and the team that we have a guy like him on the team.”
Lindor was just as pumped about being reunited with Urshela, who he teamed with in Double-A Akron the past two seasons.
“All of them. I mean, I know Gio is up there. He’s a great guy,” said Lindor when asked if there was anyone specifically that he was excited to play with.
Urshela and Lindor first teamed up in Akron in 2013. Urshela spent the entire season there while Lindor started the year with the High-A Carolina Mudcats before a mid-season promotion. Lindor played just 21 games with Akron that season, but it was more than enough time for the two to click. Urshela immediately took note of Lindor’s contagious passion for the game, team-first attitude, and natural leadership abilities.
“He’s a very happy guy who enjoys playing the game,” said Urshela. “He’s a good guy for the team.”
Both reported to Akron to begin the 2014 campaign. On May 3, Urshela was promoted to Columbus. Now, less than three months later the two are teammates again.
“Everything’s good. Better with Lindor here,” said Urshela. “It’s another Latin player on the team. We are very good friends.”
These good friends could be cornerstones in the Indians infield for a long time to come. While Lindor is one of the top prospects in baseball (ninth overall according to MLB.com), one can argue that Urshela has progressed more than any other player in the Indians organization.
Over the past two seasons, Urshela is hitting .274 with 21 home runs and 110 RBIs to go along with a .958 fielding percentage. Lindor is hitting .292 with 10 home runs, 84 RBIs, and boasts a .960 fielding percentage.
It’s exciting to see these two on the same field again. Today in Columbus. Tomorrow, Cleveland?