Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Many eyes have been focused on the development of Indians first-round pick of the 2011 draft, shortstop Francisco Lindor.
The 19-year-old is slated to be the teams future and last season he was named to the Midwest League’s postseason All-Star team.
Lindor’s first season at the minor league level is over, and now he and other young Indians are working out in Cleveland with the Indians in their winter development program.
So what did Lindor learn in his first year of playing professionally?
“To try and be consistent,” Lindor said. “Being consistent is the most important thing you can do in this game, you have to be consistent day in and day out.”
Last season in Lake County, Lindor hit .257 with six homers and 42 RBI. He also stole 27 bases and hit .288 against left-handed pitchers.
All signs point to another year of development for Lindor in 2013, and he will probably start the year in A ball and then move up to AA Akron at some point.
The 19-year-old says getting better in all phases of his game is important to him.
“If I work on my defense only, my offense is going to go down,” Lindor said. “If I work on my offense only, my defense is going to go down.
“I just have to work hard, everyday in every aspect of the game. It could be running, it could be mental, it could be fielding, it could be communicating with the guys.”
Lindor is getting plenty of looks all over baseball as one of the best young prospects. He played in the MLB Futures Game as part of the All-Star events in Kansas City.
He was known as one of the best fielding shortstops in the minors last season, and the Indians know they have a star in the making on their hands in the next few seasons.
“It’s the awareness that has stood out to us,” Indians VP of Player Development Ross Atkins said.
“It’s obvious that the ability is there, but the awareness in this environment and this setting and the questions he’s asking and the responses he’s giving it increases our confidence that his awareness is right where it should be.”
It will be something to keep even more of an eye on getting ready for baseball in 2013.