Cleveland Indians shortstop, and MVA alum, Francisco Lindor speaks to MVA

Lindor started at MVA when he was in the eighth-grade. He didn’t speak much English, but with the help of his teachers and fellow students, he soon became a star in the classroom and on the baseball field.

Lindor was selected eighth overall in the 2011 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft by the Indians and chose to play with the team instead of attending Florida State University.

He made his professional debut on June 14, 2015 and finished that tear with a .313 batting average, 12 home runs, 51 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 22 doubles in 99 games for the Indians. He placed second in the American League Rookie of the Year Award voting.

His breakout year was in 2016 where he finished the season with a .301 batting average, 15 home runs, 78 RBI, 19 stolen bases and 30 doubles in 158 games. He helped lead the Indians to a World Series birth and earned his first Gold Glove Award and first Platinum Glove Award. Lindor was the 2016 Esurance MLB/This Year in Baseball Award winner for Best Defensive Player and was also named Sports Illustrated’s Rising Star.

In the 2016 MLB postseason, Lindor’s seven multi-hit games broke the record for most ever for a player less than 23 years old. His 16 postseason hits are also the most hits by a Cleveland batter since 1997, and he’s the youngest Cleveland batter to have six World Series hits.

Lindor impressed upon students the importance of giving back and remembering your roots. He said his time at MVA was something he remembers fondly and he wouldn’t be where he is today without the lessons he learned through the Academy.

“It was cool [coming back to speak],” Lindor said. “When I was here and someone came and spoke to us, it was special. This is where I came from and I have to give back and let the kids know that it’s possible and just continue to work hard.”

After the assembly, Lindor posed for photos and signed autographs with excited MVA students. The Academy is so proud of this selfless and caring alum who takes time to give back to the school he once called home. We can’t wait to see where his Major League Baseball journey takes him next!