Friday, June 7, 2013

Lindor, Naquin named to Carolina League All-Star team

The Indians' 2011 and '12 first-round draft picks are all-stars -- at the High-A level.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and outfielder Tyler Naquin were named to the Carolina League All-Star team Friday. The Indians selected Lindor eighth overall in 2011 from Montverde (Fla.) Academy. They selected Naquin 15th overall last year from Texas A&M.

Lindor and Naquin will be two of four Carolina Mudcats representing the Carolina League against the California League on June 18 in San Jose, Calif. First baseman Jerrud Sabourin and right-hander Cody Anderson also made the team.

Lindor and Naquin's progress represents a positive for the Indians, who selected Georgia high school outfielder Clint Frazier in the first round of this year's draft.

The 19-year-old Lindor  is hitting .301, the fourth best average in the Carolina League, which is considered a
difficult hitter's league because there are only eight teams. He's the top position player prospect in the Indians' farm system and should be a big part of the franchise's future.

Naquin, who plays center field, is hitting .309, the third best average in the league. He played in the Big 12, so he faced a slew of advanced pitchers before turning professional. The big test for Naquin will come when he reaches Double-A Akron, where he will see the best pitching he has ever faced.  

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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