Francisco Lindor

Francisco Miguel Lindor was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 14th, 1993. He got into baseball at an early age and even took ground balls from the bottom of a hill as his father hit ground balls to him. That sounds like an enormous feat, but it certainly worked.

At 12 years old, Lindor moved to Central Florida and went to Montverde Academy. Lindor was named to the USA Today All-USA high school baseball team and eventually the field was named after him. After a successful high school career, Lindor would have to decide between taking a full scholarship to FSU or signing with the Cleveland Indians. The Indians took Lindor with the 8th overall pick in the 2011 draft. In the end, Lindor would choose to go with the Indians along with a signing bonus of $2.9 million.

As soon as he began his professional career, Lindor was ranked as the 32nd overall prospect. In his first full season, Lindor hit .256 with 6 home runs, 42 RBIs, 33 extra-base hits, and 27 stolen bases. He had all the tools needed to be a star in the Major Leagues. In 2014, Lindor hit .276 with 11 home runs, 62 RBIs and 28 stolen bases, which was another step in the right direction.

Lindor was promoted to the Indians in June of 2015. He did well in a short season but flourished in 2016 as he led the Indians to the World Series. They would eventually lose to the Cubs, but in 2016 he hit .301 with 15 home runs, 78 RBIs and finished 9th in the MVP voting. 2020 will be Lindor’s 5th full season and he is off to a sizzling start to what could be a Hall of Fame career.

By STEVE FARACE | @CineSportsTalk