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Tribe signs No. 1 pick Francisco Lindor moments before deadline

By sstorm Published: August 16, 2011

Down to the wire.

Just like they did last year in signing No. 1 pick and LHP Drew Pomeranz (fifth overall) just in time before the clock struck midnight, the Indians agreed to terms right before the deadline again this season with No. 1 pick SS Francisco Lindor (eighth overall) for a reported $2.9 million.

 Lindor, a Clermont, Fla., native batted .528 (28-for-53) during his senior season at Florida's Montverde Academy High School, with 31 runs scored, six home runs, 13 RBI and 20 steals in 21 attempts. Fifteen of his 28 hits went for extra bases.

The switch-hitting, 17-year old 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 was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, before moving to the Orlando area when he was 12 years old.  He is 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds. In 2009 Lindor 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 seventh-best prospect in the draft by Baseball America (third-highest position player).

 

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