Weekly Wroundtable: Cleveland Indians’ Spring Training Surprises

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Michael Bourn & Francisco Lindor Show Off Their Talents

Sep 24, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (24) scores a run as Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) attempts the tag in the fifth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Clark: I am going with Michael Bourn. It seems like his off-season training has paid off. He has looked quick on the base paths despite not recording a steal (he was caught in his only attempt), and he has swung the bat well, hitting .382 with a homer and only five strikeouts in 34 at-bats. His hamstring seems to be fully healed, and Bourn looks more like the disruptive player the Indians targeted in free agency a few seasons ago.

Joe Gerberry: It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Francisco Lindor‘s spring has impressed me. This guy has long been one of the best prospects in the majors, and this spring he has shown why. He’s slashing .297/.308/.595 with two home runs, five RBIs and good – if not excellent – defense at the toughest position. He has forced the hand of the front office, and made the decision to send him to Triple-A Columbus a hard one.

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