The Indians announced lat eMonday night they signed Francisco Lindor, the eighth overall pick in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
The Clermont, Florida native hit.528 (28-53) during his senior season at Montverde (FL) Academy High School with 31 runs scored, 6 homers, 13 RBI's and 20 steals in 21 attempts. Fifteen of his twenty-eight hits went for extra bases. The switch-hitting shortstop was a Rawlings First Team All-American in 2011 and won the home run hitting contest at the Aflac All-American Game in August of 2010 in San Diego's PETCO Park.
Lindor is 17 years old and was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico before moving to the Orlando area when he was 12 years old. He is 5-11 and weighs 170 pounds. In 2009 he helped Under-16 Team USA to a gold medal in Taiwan by hitting .500 with three triples and six steals. Lindor was ranked as the 7th best prospect in the entire draft by both Baseball America (3rd highest position player) and Perfect Game.