Francisco Lindor, Infield, Cleveland Indians, #12
Date of Birth: 11/14/1993
Birthplace: Caguas, Puerto Rico
Francisco Lindor, infielder for the Cleveland Indians, was drafted by the team in 2011. He played in the minor leagues from 2011 through 2014. During that time, he had 394 hits, 62 doubles, 81 stolen bases, 140 RBIs, and 226 strikeouts to 160 walks in 357 games. As a shortstop, he made 996 assists, 232 double plays, 545 putouts, and 57 errors in 353 games.
Lindor joined the Indians for 99 games in 2015 and he had a strong first season in the majors. In September, he was named AL Rookie of the Month. He finished the season with 122 hits, 22 doubles, 51 RBIs, and a .313 batting average. As the Indians' shortstop, he made 247 assists, 60 double plays, 132 putouts, and 10 errors in 98 games.
Lindor had a strong first full season with the Indians in 2016. He batted .301 with 182 hits, 30 doubles, 19 stolen bases, and 78 RBIs in 158 games. In the postseason, he batted .310 with 18 hits, including 3 doubles and 2 home runs, and 6 RBIs in 58 at-bats in 15 games. Defensively, as the Indians' shortstop in the regular season, he made 447 assists, 83 double plays, 215 putouts, and 12 errors. He was awarded his first Gold Glove in 2016. He also won the Rawlings Platinum Glove as the best defensive player in the American League.