CLEVELAND: After weeks and nearly a month of denying that they would likely promote young shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor to Double-A Akron following the All-Star Break, the Indians have done just that.
Lindor, the Tribe’s No. 1 pick (eighth overall) in the 2011 draft out of Florida’s Montverde Academy and the organization’s No. 2 prospect at the beginning of the season according to Baseball America, is expected to join the Aeros early next week.
Lindor, 19, is batting .306 with 19 doubles, six triples, a home run and 27 RBI with 51 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 83 games at high Class-A Carolina. He will represent the Indians Sunday in the Future’s Game in New York as part of major league Baseball’s All-Star Game festivities.
After his trip to New York, the Puerto Rican native is expected to head to Akron’s Canal Park to join his new teammates on Monday or Tuesday as they wrap up a home stand against the visiting Erie SeaWolves.
News of Lindor’s promotion began to leak out around 11 p.m. Friday and make its way across Twitter after Lindor’s sports agency @SportsMeter tweeted this message: “Congrats to @Lindor12BC Promoted to AA Akron after Futures Game!”
Later, multiple sources close to the Aeros confirmed the move.