2011 Montverde Academy graduate Francisco Lindor, a 21 year-old Puerto Rican native currently residing in Clermont, Florida, has been playing impressive baseball in the professional minor leagues throughout the past few years. In an article written today, Tuesday, March 10th, 2014, by Ross Tamburro for isportsweb.com entitled “Five Cleveland Indians prospects to watch in 2015,”Lindor is projected to have an impact on the success the Cleveland Indians success this season:
“The Indians selected Lindor with the eighth overall pick in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida. Lindor was just 17 when he was drafted, but he was quickly regarded as one of the more exciting young prospects in baseball. He is now widely considered the top prospect in the Indians’ organization and is currently ranked by MLB.com as the fourth best prospect in baseball…. With just 5 games played in the minor leagues in 2011, Lindor played his first full season of professional baseball in 2012 with the Lake County Captains, the Class-A affiliate of the Indians. That season, he hit .257 with 6 homers, 42 RBIs, 27 stolen bases, and a .352 on-base percentage in 122 games. In 2013, Lindor split 104 games between Class-A Advanced Carolina and Double-A Akron, hitting a combined .303 with 2 homers, 34 RBIs, 25 stolen bases, and a .380 on-base percentage. And last season, between Akron and Triple-A Columbus, Lindor combined to hit .276 with 11 homers, 62 RBIs, 28 stolen bases, and a .338 on-base percentage…While the offensive numbers may not be eye-popping, Lindor is still a talented hitter and is an exciting prospect for a number of other reasons. He is known for his outstanding defense with a strong arm and great range at shortstop, and some scouts have labeled him as the best current Minor League defender. And while the power numbers and the batting average may seem low for a top prospect, Lindor is a solid contact hitter who will take walks and avoid strikeouts. Also, former managers and coaches have praised Lindor for his confidence and leadership abilities, something that can go a long way in a Major League clubhouse. Lindor projects to start 2015 as the everyday shortstop with Triple-A Columbus, but expect him to make his much anticipated Cleveland Indians debut at some point in 2015.” Read the entire above aforementioned article HERE.
Last Wednesday Lindor played impressively well at the shortstop position, and singled twice to help his Major League Baseball Cleveland Indians defeat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 in a Cactus League spring exhibition game. Please read about that recent victory in the following Associated Press article written by Tom Withers, “Indians’ prospect Lindor shines in 4-2 win over Reds.” Last season, Lindor played outstandingly with the Class AA Akron, Ohio, Rubberducks team and the Class AAA Columbus Clippers team of the Cleveland Indians. Lindor began his professional baseball career with the Single-A Mahoning Valley in 2011, shortly after graduating from Montverde Academy, and batted .316. In 2012, Lindor played for Lake County (.257, six home runs, 42 RBI). In 2013, Lindor played mutually well for Carolina (.306, one home run, 27 RBI) and Akron (.289, one home run, seven RBI) and was selected to the Midwest League and Carolina League all-star teams for Lake County and Carolina. In the winter of 2013, the MVA Baseball Complex was dedicated in honor Lindor.