Cleveland Indians Top Prospect Francisco Lindor off to a Great 2012 Start

Bill Ford@billfordwritesCorrespondent IIIMay 4, 2012

Cleveland Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor is living up to the hype and is having a strong start to the 2012 season.

Lindor is one of the few prospects in the Cleveland minor-league system that is considered to be elite, and he is the only Cleveland prospect to make the 2012 MLB Top Prospects List.

Baseball America ranked him as the Indians' top prospect, and he is also ranked as the best hitter for average and the best defensive infielder.

Playing for Single-A Mahoning Valley in the New York-Pennsylvania League in 2011, he scored four runs, had five hits and two RBI with a .316 batting average in five games.

So far this year, playing for the Single-A Lake County Captains in the Midwest League, Lindor has 35 hits, five doubles, two triples, two home runs and eight RBI with a .315 batting average, a .367 OBP and a .450 slugging percentage in 111 at-bats.

In addition, he has nine stolen bases. Lindor is productive offensively with solid base-running speed, as well as being productive at the plate.

When he was 12 years old, his father moved him from Puerto Rico to the United States with the goal of getting him experience playing with and against better competition. The move proved to be an intelligent one.

Lindor needs time to further develop and refine his skills, but he is on the right course to have a productive and successful future with the Tribe.