2011 MLB Mock Draft: Is Francisco Lindor Helped by Weak Shortstop Class?
2011 MLB Mock Draft Has High-Schooler Francisco Lindor Going to Houston Astros at No. 11
When looking at this year's shortstop class leading up to the 2011 MLB Draft, there are really only two prospects worth selecting in the first round: Monteverde Academy's Francisco Lindor and North Carolina's Levi Michael.
That begs the question, is top shortstop prospect Lindor really that good or will he be reached for based on a team's future need?
Now, it's worth noting that Lindor is a top-15 prospect in this year's draft, so he is a potential difference-maker as a starter in the MLB, but how good is he?
Let us examine.
The big thing with Lindor is his potential, given he's only 17 years old. And he does have a good deal of potential down the line.
He's a fluid fielder with soft hands and an above-average arm, and at the plate he has quick hands that can stay inside the ball, projecting him to be a hitter that can legitimately hit for average in the majors and have enough power to translate that into doubles.
He's also a very energetic player. Coupled with his above-average speed, he could become a good base-stealer, as well as a player with good range up the middle as a fielder.
But as ESPN's Keith Law notes, he also doesn't have that "wow" factor in his game.
He'll be helped by the lack of true shortstop prospects in this year's draft.
If I were an MLB GM, I wouldn't grab this guy to simply fill a hole, and I might even find it hard to make a case for him inside the top 15. Law has him going No. 11 to the Houston Astros.
There are plenty of solid pitchers in the top 15, even the top 20, such as Taylor Jungmann and Taylor Guerrieri, and I don't think you can legitimately grab Lindor ahead of them.
Of course, Lindor will probably be a decent shortstop that could start in the majors. I just don't think you grab him as a top-15 selection.
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