Baseball is one of the hardest sports in the world. Maybe that explains why prospects spend years honing their skills in the minor leagues. The Cleveland Indians knew they had a gem in Francisco Lindor, but they didn’t rush him. Over the last 12 months, he has been a revelation in just about every way possible for the Tribe. He is baseball’s brightest, best new star, and he’s only going to get better as he strives for personal and team glory.

The shortstop entered the league 12 months ago and instantly settled. A year later, he is a name that everybody in baseball knows, respects and discusses on a regular basis.

He is brilliant with the bat, and defensively solid. His baseball intelligence is baffling for a second-season kid. He plays with the smarts of a veteran, and the drive of the rookie. For that reason he is the fans’ favorite.

In his first 161 games, the 22-year-old hit 19 home runs, 84 RBIs, and made a highlight reel of defensive plays that many would be happy to finish their career with. Yes, he’s that good. So good that the full odds on your mobile have his team as a MLB World Series favorite.

17 June 2015: Cleveland Indians Shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) [9119] at bat during the first inning of the game between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH.

17 June 2015: Cleveland Indians Shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) [9119] at bat during the first inning of the game between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH.

He explained his change in form by saying “The biggest difference is in the Minor Leagues, they focus a lot on development. In the big leagues, it’s all about winning. For me, in order for me to win that day, I have to do everything right. I have to come as close as I can to doing everything right. That takes taking care of the little things. That takes concentration and playing the game the right way.”

He wants to win, and it’s no coincidence that the Indians have rapidly improved since his arrival. At the time of writing they sit atop their division and appear to be MLB Playoffs bound. The team needed a savior, and at a time where consistency is hard to come by, they found it in their sensational SS.

A year in to the big leagues and he’s already a superstar. The scary thing is he has a lot of room left for improvement, and with time, he could become one of the greatest SS of all-time.

For now, however, he will happily settle with being baseball’s brightest new star. Not bad for a years work, right?

Written by Justine Williams