19. Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians
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How fitting ... Lindor checks in at No. 19 on the prospect list at 19 years of age. The Indians drafted the youngster with the eighth overall selection in the 2011 draft out of Montverde High School in Florida and he played in just five games with Low-A Mahoning Valley that year. In 2012 he hit .257 with six home runs and 27 stolen bases in 567 plate appearances at Single-A Lake County.
Lindor is extremely polished on defense and has the tools and athleticism in the field to become a Gold Glove-caliber middle infielder easily. His effortless speed and quick reactions give him excellent range at arguably the toughest position in the infield. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound switch hitter bears a resemblance to Jimmy Rollins and Jose Reyes when in the box from the left side. His short, quick stroke leads to frequent contact and for his size, he has surprising pop in his stick. Despite hitting just .257 last year, Lindor's batting average upside is much higher.
While incumbent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera isn't a slouch defensively and can hold his own offensively, the Tribe won't be keeping him around forever; he was the subject of constant offseason trade rumors. The Tribe clearly wants to get younger at the position, and Lindor is probably what they have in mind. Along with his other impressive tools, his speed will make him an intriguing fantasy baseball commodity when he hits the majors. That may not be for another couple of seasons, however.
On to No. 20
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About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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