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Francisco M. Lindor

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Francisco Lindor was the first high school infielder drafted in 2011.

Lindor moved to the USA when he was 12 years old with his family's goal of getting a chance for Lindor to play baseball professionally. He did not speak English when he came to Florida. In the 2009 World Youth Championship, Francisco had 3 hits and 3 RBI in the semifinal win over Mexico for Team USA. In the Gold Medal game, he rapped three more hits and scored the final run in a 7-6 victory over Cuba. He was named as the All-Star shortstop for the event, having hit .556/.618/.963, stolen four bases, scored 17 runs and driven in 13. He finished fourth in the event in average, second in runs (one behind teammate JoMarcos Woods) and tied Reinaldo Almora for fourth in RBI.

In 2010, Lindor won the home run contest during the Aflac All-American Game. In the 2010 World Junior Championship, he batted .481/.563/.741 with 10 runs in 7 games. He was one of two Americans picked for the tourney All-Star team; outfielder Michael Lorenzen was the other. He finished fourth in average (behind Tzu-Wei Lin, Lorenzen and Alexander Calbick), 6th in OBP, tied for 5th in slugging (with Guillermo Aviles and Blake Swihart), tied for second in runs (with Aviles and Tony Wolters, behind Lin), tied Lorenzen for second in hits (behind Lin), tied for the most doubles (4) and tied for the most times plunked (4).

As a high school senior in 2011, Lindor hit .528 and slugged over 1.00. He stole 20 bases in 21 tries. He was picked 8th in the 2011 amateur draft, taken by the Cleveland Indians. He was the second high school position player chosen (after Bubba Starling) and the second infielder (after Anthony Rendon). He was signed by scout Mike Soper at the August 15 deadline for $2.9 million and made his pro debut with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on August 28th, hitting .316 in 5 games with the club that year.

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