The Most Encouraging Sign: Francisco Lindor is on the doorstep of the big leagues
Mathematically, the Tribe is still in the wild-card chase.
However, for the Cleveland Indians to make an October run, the team will have to climb past four other clubs between now and Game 162. Looking further out on the horizon, there are lots of reasons for optimism, but most of the positivity centers on the impending arrival of Francisco Lindor.
The switch-hitting shortstop has split the 2014 season between Double-A and Triple-A and should end up in Cleveland early in 2015. As you can see in the video above, Lindor is renowned for his glove work. Plus, he also has the tools to impact the game at the plate, as well.
The 20-year-old isn't just the top prospect in Cleveland's system—he's one of the best players in all of the minor leagues. On Baseball America's Midseason Top 50 list, Lindor landed in the No. 6 spot in the rankings.