By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
November 10, 2010
I got my look at Francisco Lindor for three days at the Aflac game. I don’t mind him offensively to a certain degree but I’m going to tell everyone up front that I probably don’t like him as much offensively as some folks do. Not a bad swing plane from either side, but it’s hard for me to see him as a middle of the order bat. I also don’t buy the raw power production potential that a lot of people think he’ll have. In my opinion he won’t be the same pro who won the Home Run Derby as an amateur.
I don’t mind this guy as a future pro, and nothing I say will keep him from being drafted, and he’ll probably go a lot higher than I would pick him. Nothing wrong with that, to each his own. I’m looking at him from an objective, professionally trained and non-agenda platform.
As for this look, if this is a case where the guy was going at a recreational pace, that’s OK, but I’m not going to make up grades, and neither will any good scout who was watching him that day. I can’t put a 6 on a tool if I don’t see it. People who have seen him more than I have will probably like him more than I did. Be that as it may, here’s what I saw.
Francisco Lindor, MIF
Montverde Academy, Florida
Games Seen: 2, Innings: 15
Bats: S, Throws: R
Hit Type: Pull
Stance/Hit Approach: Closed stance, back to load, short stride, slight uppercut.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Slight body type with limited physical projection. Room to get stronger but not to get taller.
STRENGTHS: Loose hands with ability to put ball in play. Some raw BP power. Average runner. Average hands, footwork and range.
WEAKNESSES: Tendency to pull off balls and gear pull rather than go straight away. Showed slow hands and action during Friday infield and below-average speed. Showed below average arm strength with flip action, no throws with on-line carry. Half-speed infield showed average range at best.
SUMMATION: Nimble-framed utility type with limited physical projection and power production, athleticism and soft hands should translate to ML bench role.
OFP range: 50-55
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