MLB.com Names Francisco Lindor No. 32 on 2012 Top Prospects List


Prospect guru Jonathan Mayo released his list of the Top 100 prospects in baseball for the 2012 season Wednesday on MLB.com, and there’s some good news for the Cleveland Indians on it: Tribe prospect Francisco Lindor came in at No. 32.

Lindor was the Indians’ first-round pick in the 2011 MLB draft, and the eighth player chosen overall. The 18-year-old shortstop seems to be the unanimous choice for the best prospect in Cleveland’s farm system.

Lindor, Mayo writes, has the makings of an “All-Star-caliber shortstop” who can contribute in every aspect of the game:

He has a very advanced approach at the plate as a switch-hitter, once who should hit for average and power from both sides. He gets on base and is a heady baserunner. There’s also no question about his defensive ability, with a plus arm and range.

Mayo ranked Lindor the third-best shortstop prospect in baseball, behind only Manny Machado and Jurickson Profar.

Lindor is the only Indians prospect to make the list, just as he was on the list compiled by our friends at Seedlings to Stars. He ranks much higher here, though—he came in at 98th on the S2S list.

Drew Pomeranz, who the Indians sent to the Rockies in the July trade for Ubaldo Jimenez, made the list at No. 24.

Last year, when Mayo’s rankings consisted of only 50 prospects, the Indians also had only one representative: Lonnie Chisenhall, who came in at No. 36.

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