5/19/2013 1:22 P.M. ET
VP Atkins heaps high praise on prospect Lindor
By Mark Emery / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- In speaking with the media on Sunday, Ross Atkins raved about shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor.
Atkins, the Indians' vice president of player development, said the 19-year-old has been "unbelievable."
"The guy every night gets two or three hits, makes an exceptional play," Atkins said. "The leadership, his commitment, his professionalism, we haven't experienced anything like that from a high school player."
Cleveland drafted Lindor with the eighth overall pick of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. In 41 games with Class A Carolina, the switch-hitter is batting .327 with 10 doubles, four triples and one home run. He's driven in 17 runs and gone 11-for-14 in steal attempts.
Atkins didn't offer any specifics on Lindor's timetable for promotion through the organization, other than saying, "He continues to speed it up."
"There's no secrets. He outworks people. The talent is clearly there, and then he outworks them on top of it," Atkins said. "When you do that, you end up being the best player in the league, and he's done that. He's doing that right now. He's made himself into one of the best prospects in baseball, if not the best."
Gomes taking advantage of chances
CLEVELAND -- Yan Gomes has appeared sporadically for the Indians this season, but he has a way of making those sightings count.
In Saturday's 5-4 win over Seattle, for example, Gomes let loose his cannon arm in the third inning. After a pitch to Endy Chavez, he fired a throw to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, trapping Jesus Montero off the bag for the rare catcher's pickoff.
The moment was just the latest in a string of notable plays by Gomes. The catcher has also thrown out five of the seven runners attempting to steal on him this season.
"What an impressive player," said Ross Atkins, the Indians' vice president of player development. "He just brings all the intangibles that are hard to see on the field."
Gomes, who came to the Tribe in a November trade, began the year at Triple-A Columbus. He's since been recalled twice and seen limited time while in Cleveland. The way he's handled those challenges drew praise from Atkins.
Atkins said the Indians acquired Gomes partly because they feel he can be an everyday catcher. Throughout his career, Gomes has also played first base, third base and left field.
But Gomes came up as a catcher, and he's happy to refocus all of his attention on one position.
"It's definitely helping that I'm just catching now instead of being the utility guy," Gomes said. "Just working with [bench coach] Sandy [Alomar, Jr.] and [bullpen coach Kevin Cash] and all the catchers here, it's been a really big help for me."
In 48 plate appearances going into Sunday's game, Gomes was hitting .271 (13-for-48) with two doubles, two triples and two homers. He's knocked in five runs
Quote to note
"We gotta do something about the wind here in Cleveland, because it's always blowing in. It's not fun."
-- Mark Reynolds, who has often overcome such obstacles en route to 12 home runs, tied for tops in the league
• Felix Hernandez, Sunday's starter for Seattle, is the eighth Cy Young-winner to face the Indians this season. They tagged the previous seven, whose combined statistics in those meetings include a 1-6 record and an 8.10 ERA. Of the group, only Jake Peavy earned a win, which he picked up on April 14.
• Cleveland's 5-4 win on Saturday gave them their 11th victory in games decided by one run. The Tribe's 11-3 record in one-run games is the best in baseball.
• With Saturday's effort, Zach McAllister has lasted at least five innings and given up no more than three earned runs in 10 consecutive starts, dating back to last season. That's the longest streak for an Indians pitcher since Josh Tomlin put together 11 such starts in order from Sept. 24, 2010 to May 21, 2011.
Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.