Francisco Lindor is a Puerto Rican professional baseball player. As of the 2021 season, he plays in the Major League Baseball for the New York Mets. He plays right-handed and she stands five feet and eleven inches tall. He attended Monteverde High School in Florida and was drafted from HS by the Cleveland Indians during the first round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Drafts. He was their 8th overall pick. Lindor also played for the United States team during the World Junior Baseball Championship. He played for the Puerto Rican team for the World Baseball Classic in 2017.
Lindor was born Francisco Miguel Lindor on November 14, 1993, in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He started playing baseball at a young age. Growing up a big baseball fan, some of his favorite players were Barry Larkin, Robbie Alomar, Derek Jeter, Jimmy Rollins, and Omar Vizquel. Francisco moved to Florida with his father and stepmother when he was 12 years old. There he attended the Monteverde Academy Prep School. The school renamed its baseball facility in his honor in 2013. He was offered a scholarship by Florida State University.
Right out of high school, he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians during the 2011 draft. He turned down his baseball scholarship in favor of a professional career. In August 2011, he signed with the Indians. He was also drafted by the Puerto Rican baseball team – Indios de Mayaguez. The Indians stopped Lindo from playing for the team. The Indios then traded Lindor to the Gigantes de Carolina. They signed him with the help of a loophole that considered Lindor a free agent.
Lindor debuted in the Minor League during the 2011 season. Teams he played for include the Lake County Captains, and the Carolina Mudcats. He was later promoted to playing for the Akron Aeros. In 2014, he began playing for the Columbus Clippers. The Indians added him to their active roster in June 2014. In September of that year, he was named the American League Rookie of the Month. He came in second place for the AL Rookie of the Year.
Lindor made his first career grand slam in 2017. He is also the third short stop in the history of the MLB to make a grand slam post season. He won two Player of the Week awards in 2018. He won his second Gold Glove Award in 2019. In 2021, he was traded to the New York Mets. He was signed on with a 10-year contract worth $341 million.
Professional Career Highlights and Awards
- 2016 - 2019 - All-Star
- 2016, 2019 - Gold Glove Award
- 2017, 2018 - Silver Slugger Award
- 2017 - All-World Baseball ClassicTeam