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5 Things Cleveland Indians Fans Need To Know About Francisco Lindor

5 Things Cleveland Fans Need To Know About Francisco Lindor

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The Cleveland Indians have avoided rushing their prized prospect Francisco Lindor to the majors, but the slick-fielding shortstop with a capable bat seems poised for his big league debut. Here are five things that Cleveland fans need to know about the talented middle infielder.

5. Puerto Rican League Controversy

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5. Puerto Rican League Controversy

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The Indios de Mayaguez drafted Lindor in 2011, but Cleveland has not allowed its top prospect to play in the winter league. The Indios traded Lindor's rights to the Giantes de Carolina in May, but he signed two weeks later with the Cangrejeros de Santurce due to a legal loophole making him a free agent.

4. Early Triple-A Success

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4. Early Triple-A Success

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Three nights after being promoted to Triple-A, Lindor had the first two-home run game of his professional career. The 20-year-old opened the final leg of his minor league journey by going 10-for-31 with a .400 on-base percentage.

3. Solid Switch Hitter

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3. Solid Switch Hitter

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Lindor has been adept at making contact and getting on base in the minors. He finished with a line of .281/.356/.393 with 22 extra-base hits in 383 plate appearances at Double-A this season before getting promoted last month.

2. Elite Defensive Wizard

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2. Elite Defensive Wizard

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Considered by many scouts to be the top defensive shortstop in the minor leagues, the Indians No. 1 prospect has soft hands, tremendous range and the arm strength to become a potential Gold Glover in the majors.

1. MLB Debut

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1. MLB Debut

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The trade of veteran shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to the Washington Nationals opened the door for Lindor to become a mainstay in the Indians starting lineup sooner rather than later. Whether the call comes this month or in September, the defensive whiz is MLB-ready.

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