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Indians couldn't be more thrilled about shortstop log jam as new prospects emerge

By Stephanie Storm Published: January 14, 2013

Call it a good problem to have.

With the likes of Indians top prospect (according to Baseball America) Francisco Lindor and a handful of four other low-level shortstop prospects - a few of which will finally hit the Double-A scene in 2013 - it's easy to get them all mixed up.

But one unknown likely won't be for much longer.

Dorssys Paulino probably shouldn't have become a household name among Tribe fans for another couple years. But he put himself on propspect map last season as an 18-year old.

Now, Paulino's name is being mentioned in the same sentance as Lindor's. Not only for his defense at short, but even more so for his bat - fueling rumors that Paulino  might not last long at short if his bat continues to develop at such a quick pace.

Paulino, an undrafted free agent in 2011 out of the Dominican Republic, excelled so much with the Indians Rookie League Arizona team, he spent the last few weeks of the season having been promoted to short-season Mahoning Valley.

In 56 games between the two stops, he batted .333 with seven home runs, 19 doubles, six triples, 38 RBI and 47 runs. He also stole 11 bases.

"What he did offensively in his first full season was remarkable," said Tribe farm director Ross Atkins, speaking to reporters at the Indians Winter Development Program in Clevelland Monday. "I think the most exciting thing about Dorssys is that every single baseball person that lays eyes on him and watches him take batting practice once says the exact same thing. They say, 'Wow, this guy has a chance to be really special.' "



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