Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 7/26/13
Cleveland Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor jumped to the No. 5 spot in MLB.com’s latest prospect rankings re-released today. In the preseason rankings, MLB.com’s staff — as led by prospect writer extraordinaire Jonathan Mayo — pegged the 19-year-old Lindor as the No. 14 prospect in the game. Because of a variety of promotions and injuries, plus Lindor’s outstanding success in 2013, he’s jumped nine spots closer to the top of the list. Just two weeks ago, following the MLB Futures Game, Lindor received the promotion to the Double-A Akron Aeros. He had been hitting .306/.373/.410 in 83 games for the High-A Carolina Mudcats, showcasing elite contact, patience at the plate and poise for his age. He’s done even better since the promotion. In his first 10 games for the Aeros, Lindor is batting .441/.578/.647 with 10 walks against just one strikeout. Again, for the record, he has 15 hits and 10 walks in the 45 toughest plate appearances in his life. He also has five steals, two doubles and cracked his first home run with the team on Thursday night at Canal Park. Back in mid-May, there had been some murmurs distributed by Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan that Lindor could jump to being the No. 1 prospect in baseball by the end of 2013. While he still is characterized as having a lower ceiling than elite prospects like Minnesota’s Byron Buxton or St. Louis’ Oscar Taveras, such an idea is no longer a crazy concept. Rounding out the Indians in the MLB.com prospect rankings, 22-year-old right-hander Trevor Bauer fell to No. 42 and recent 18-year-old outfield draft pick Clint Frazier joins the ranks at No. 56. Then, 18-year-old shortstop Dorssys Paulino and 22-year-old outfielder Tyler Naquin conclude the organizational top five. [Related: Tribe notes as we head into the weekend]
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