Cleveland Indians: Francisco Lindor
The Cleveland Indians have been one of the hottest teams in baseball for the past two years. After missing out on the postseason altogether in 2015, they went to the World Series the following season. Even though they blew a 3-1 lead to the Chicago Cubs, it was still a wildly successful turnaround from the previous season. They weren’t able to make it past the Yankees in the ALDS, but they still won 102 games in 2017.
This Indians team will be contender again this year, and they’re almost a lock to win their division. Leading the charge for the Tribe lineup will be 24-year-old shortstop Francisco Lindor. He’s been a high-profile player since he was a teenager. He was a first-round draft pick by the Indians in 2011 and one of baseball’s top prospects up until the point he was called up.
Since making his major league debut in 2015, Lindor has emerged as one of the faces of Major League Baseball. There’s a youth movement in the league right now, and Lindor is at the forefront.
For his three-year career, he’s slashed .293/.349/.474 with 60 home runs and 218 RBI. While his batting average and on-base percentage dropped off a bit in 2017, he posted a career-high .505 slugging percentage and hit a career-high 33 home runs.
Besides bringing some solid wood to the plate, he’s an elite defender as well.