Asdrubal on Lindor: “He’s got everything he needs to play right now”

 Francisco Lindor

Francisco Lindor is the future of the Cleveland Indians, but Asdrubal Cabrera, the team’s current shortstop, belives that the kid has all the right tools to be playing in the big leagues right now. In a piece discussing Lindor and his first big-league camp, Stephanie Storm of the Akron Beacon-Journal caught up with Cabrera to discuss the role he’s playing in the top prospect’s growth.

“He’s a really good player, a young kid,” Cabrera said. “He’s got everything he needs to play this game now.”

Asked if Lindor reminded Cabrera of himself as a 20-year old player, Cabrera shook his head.

“No, no,” he said. “He’s really good. I don’t think I was like that. I didn’t have the conditioning he has right now when I was 20 years old. He can play here a long time.”

Even though Lindor is the heir apparent to his position, Cabrera doesn’t mind playing the role of mentor this spring.

Lindor Quote

From MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo

“I had mentors when I was in Seattle, a lot of guys who helped me like Carlos Guillen,” Cabrera said. “I tried to learn from those guys. So if he can learn something from me, I’m happy for him.”

Lindor, the team’s top prospect, has been on the fast track ever since the Indians made the Puerto Rican native the eighth overall pick of the 2011 Draft. He played in the Futures Game as an 18-year-old in 2012 and reached Double-A Akron the following year. It’s beleived he will start out in Akron for 2014, but it should not be too long before he’s playing in Columbus with the Triple-A Clippers.

“He’s an extraordinarily motivated guy,” Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said earlier this offseason. “He’s a great person with a great work ethic, and I think it’s just natural to want to compete against the best players. I think that’s, in the end, one of the things that will make Francisco such a good Major League player. But there’s also a process to go through developmentally.”

Presenty considered one of the best (if not the best) defender in the minor leagues, the switch-hitting shortstop was thought to be a big-league bat away from being able to make an impact with the Tribe. If his .801 OPS with the Aeros (at age 20, while dealing with considerable back pain) is any indication, the future may not be all that far off.

(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

  • mgbode

    Asdrubal didn’t think he had the conditioning back then? I guess he didn’t mention it either way now so he’s allowing us to come to our own determination.

  • mgbode

    Asdrubal didn’t think he had the conditioning back then? I guess he didn’t mention it either way now so he’s allowing us to come to our own determination.

  • Steve

    That’s what stuck out to me as well. Hopefully he has enough conditioning for one more year, allowing us to stick that QO offer on him.

  • Harv 21

    if any WFNY commenters are at spring training I expect scouting reports. C’mon, give us a little sumpin sumpin. So tired of Pilot Flying J and Banner and Chris Grant and just the constant drumbeat of off the field stuff.

  • mgbode

    also, I am jealous of anyone in Arizona to take in spring training.

  • Wow

    Beat me to it.

  • Kildawg

    If Chisenhall flops this year, I wouldn’t mind working with Cabrera to move him to the hot corner to make room for Lindor. Then again, the Evil Empire is already looking at easy to acquire SS to replace Cheater (playing his last year), and Cabrera is a pending FA.

  • Pat Leonard

    Hopefully Asdrubal can have a bounce-back year with the bat. Otherwise he might be joining Lonnie Who Loved Baseball in the doghouse.

  • woofersus

    After last year I’m wondering if he doesn’t play a little better with some extra padding.

  • Kildawg

    Actually Cabrera’s in the fans’ doghouse, more than Chisenhall anyway. Contract years have a funny way of bringing out the best in a player.

  • Natedawg86

    Everything but an opportunity…

  • Kildawg

    Lindor has barely played in AA and hasn’t even gone to AAA. I know some guys were able to make that jump (mostly pitchers), but there’s no need to rush him up to the Show just yet. His defense is ready, but he could use more time to polish his hitting skills. The fact that he was invited to Major League camp speaks enough about his skills and how the organization feels about his potential.

  • Natedawg86

    I agree. Plus his clock starts once he gets up here.