Today in Tribe History: November 14, 1993
Bob Toth | On 14, Nov 2020
Francisco Lindor, the Cleveland Indians’ first round pick in the 2011 draft, is born in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
After working his way through the minor league system, Lindor made his Major League debut on June 14, 2015, getting a hit in two at bats in Detroit against the Tigers. In 99 games, he hit .313 with 22 doubles, four triples, 12 homers, 51 RBI, 12 stolen bases, and 50 runs scored. His strong showing gave him a second place finish in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. He was named the AL Rookie of the Month for the month of September, edging out teammate Cody Anderson.
During his time in the minors with the Indians, he was named a Mid-Season All-Star, a MILB.com Organizational All-Star, and was selected to the MLB Futures Game in three straight seasons from 2012 to 2014 and twice was recognized as a Post-Season All-Star. In five seasons in the minors dating back to 2011, he hit a combined .279 with 21 homers, 73 doubles, 19 triples, and 162 RBI in 416 games.
He appeared in 158 games for the Indians in his first full season at the Major League level in 2016, hitting .301 with 30 doubles, 15 homers, 78 RBI, 19 stolen bases, and 99 runs scored while making his first All-Star team and being named an American League Gold Glove and Platinum Glove winner. He followed that up with a second straight trip to the Midsummer Classic in 2017 while slashing .273/.337/.505 with 44 doubles, four triples, 33 homers, and 89 RBI while winning his first career Silver Slugger Award. He improved even further in 2018, posting a .277/.352/.519 line with 42 doubles, two triples, 38 homers, 92 RBI, and 25 stolen bases (the latter three of which were career highs).
In 2019, he appeared in 143 games, hitting .284 with a .335 OBP and .518 slugging with 40 doubles, 32 homers, and 74 RBI. He was named an All-Star midseason and a Gold Glove winner following the campaign. In what is likely to be his final season in an Indians uniform in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, he posted career worsts in many offensive categories, including all three triple slash marks (.258/.335/.415).