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Francisco Lindor Looks to Avoid Sophomore Slump After Successful Rookie Campaign


Lindor exceeded everyone's expectations last year as he slashed .313/.353/.482 over 390 at-bats as a rookie. His 12 home runs were a professional high and his OPS grew each of the four months he was in the majors.

A consensus top 10 prospect coming into 2015, the Indians took their time in waiting for Lindor to develop and found themselves rewarded for that patience in proverbial gold. Lindor took a couple weeks to get his feet under himself, but when he did, he proved fully deserving of all the hype bestowed upon him. Sophomore slumps are so common that it's hard to bet against our 4th ranked shortstop falling under its spell, though. 2016 stat projectors such as Steamer, Fangraphs and Marcels all feel that Lindor's power will stay in the 12 homer range--even with a full season of at-bats--but they are torn on his ability to generate hits. With his minimal power and speed, a disappointing batting average could lead to a lot of disappointed fantasy owners. If you draft him like a top 5 shortstop, make sure you grab a competent backup.