Some of the top prospects in baseball were called up today, as the Twins called up top prospect, outfielder Byron Buxton earlier in the day. This evening, the Indians announced they were calling up shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor.
Here are the official announcements from the Twins Twitter account:
Buxton call up:
Lindor call up, from Paul Hoynse:
Indians confirmed that Francisco Lindor is getting promoted to the big leagues on Sunday. A corresponding move will be announced Sunday.— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) June 14, 2015
I am not high on either hitter making an impact this season, but am more confident saying that about Lindor, and here is what I tweeted a little while ago:
#Indians are calling up Francisco Lindor. Don't expect much from the bat. He's hitting .279-.346-.398 with 2 HRs and 8 SBs in 259 PA in AAA.— Ray Guilfoyle (@faketeams) June 14, 2015
Lindor should offer significant defensive value playing shortstop, which should be a huge positive for their starting rotation, including Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and others.
After an injury-filled 2014 season, where he hit .240-.313-.405 with 4 home runs, 19 runs scored, 16 RBI and 6 RBI, Buxton performed better in his first taste of AA pitching this season. Buxton is hitting .283-.351-.489 with 6 home runs, 7 doubles, 12 triples, 44 runs scored, 37 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 22 attempts in 268 plate appearances.
While Lindor will have a bigger impact on the defensive side of the ball, Buxton should provide value at the plate and in center field. While I don't think he will hit for average, he should have value on the base paths and should be exciting to watch stretch doubles into triples.
I think the Twins are rusihing Buxton, and hopefully the call up doesn't stagnate his development. I feel that the Twins should have handled him like the Dodgers handled their top prospect Corey Seager. Seager was tearing up AA earlier this season and subsequently was promoted to AAA in early May. Buxton probably needs some time in AAA, but hopefully I am wrong about him.
Speakjing of Seager, I think it is just a matter of time before he is promoted to the big leagues, but with veteran Jimmy Rollins manning shortstop, the Dodgers are in no rush to promote him, but he could force his way up with his bat.
Here is Dodgers President Andrew Friedman when asked about a possible Seager promotion this season, courtesy of Bill Plunkett from the Orange County Register:
Carlos Correa, Bryan Buxton ... is Corey Seager next? #Dodgers Andrew Friedman: "The arrows are pointing up and he continues to make improvement each & every day. We don’t have a date circled on the calendar as much as we want to do everything we can to put Corey in as good position to be as good a major-league player as he can be as quickly as he can be." #Dodgers — Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 14, 2015
Since his promotion to AAA, Seager is hitting .297-.356-.459 with 4 home runs, 23 runs scored and 19 RBI in 163 plate appearances. His combined stats are: .325-.373-.535 with 9 home runs, 40 runs scored and 34 RBI in 249 plate appearances.