HE MADE IT! Congratulations to 2011 Montverde Academy graduate Francisco Lindor, a 21 year-old Puerto Rican native now living in Clermont, Florida, for being promoted from Triple-A Columbus to MLB’s Cleveland Indians! This is Montverde Academy’s first-ever graduate to play on the top-level of Major League Baseball!
Lindor, chosen as the eighth selection of the Cleveland Indians in the 2011 draft, played very successful baseball in his five seasons in the MLB minor leagues. Francisco began his professional baseball career with the Single-A Mahoning Valley in 2011, soon after graduating from Montverde Academy, and batted .316. In 2012, Lindor played for Lake County single A squad (.257, six home runs, 42 RBI). In 2013, Lindor moves on to the Carolina (.306, one home run, 27 RBI) and Akron (.289, one home run, seven RBI) clubs, 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. Last season, Lindor played excellently for the Class AA Akron, Ohio, Rubberducks team before heading to the Cleveland Indians Class AAA Columbus Clippers. This season, Lindor was hitting .279 with 2 homers and 22 RBIs in Columbus. In the 414 games Lindor played over 5-seasons in the minors, Francisco’s statistics were: .278 hitting, 73 doubles, 19 triples, 21 homers, 162 RBIs, 89 stolen bases, and 253 runs scored.
According to a Daily Commercial article written by Frank Jolley on Saturday, June 13, 2015, “In past 11 games, Lindor has been on a tear, hitting over .400. …he learned Saturday that he was being promoted from Triple-A Columbus to the Cleveland Indians in time for Sunday’s game against Detroit…The Indians opened up a spot on the 25-man roster for Lindor by placing Nick Swisher on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left knee.” To read the entire aforementioned Daily Commercial article, please visit HERE. Lindor also had his first career hit yesterday! According to the Kansas City Star, Francisco fell rounding first base. “When Lindor got off the ground, and scampered back to first base, he jokingly pointed the blame at the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera.” See a video of the hit HERE!