In his Saturday column for The Plain Dealer, Terry Pluto suggests that Indians shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor will likely begin the 2015 season at Triple-A Columbus because the team believes he needs some more work before getting a promotion. They did not bring Lindor up to the majors when rosters expanded in November.
With Lindor at Triple-A, Jose Ramirez should be expected to be the everyday shortstop along with Jason Kipnis at second base, and Mike Aviles backing up both middle infield positions.
Lindor, who turns 21 in two weeks, has consistently been rated among the game’s best prospects after the Indians took him in the first round (eighth overall) in the 2011 draft. The shortstop batted .273/.307/.388 in 180 plate appearances in his first taste of Triple-A competition following his promotion in July.