Lindor Makes Second Trip to Future’s Game
Rob McLamb | On 03, Jul 2013
The accolades are building for Francisco Lindor.
Fresh off of being selected from the Carolina Mudcats to play for the Carolina League All-Star team, where he singled in two runs in the victory over the California League, Lindor will join fellow Cleveland prospect C.C. Lee (Columbus) representing the World team at the Sirius/XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 14th at Citi Field in Queens, NY.
Lindor will be participating in the Futures Game for the second straight season after also appearing in at the 2012 classic at Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City.
“It was fun (last season’s Futures Game) and it was a good experience,” Lindor said. “I am glad to go for a second time in a row. I can’t wait to get out there and have fun.”
“That’s the main reason we go there, to have fun and put on a great show for the fans.”
Cleveland’s first round draft pick from 2012 is excelling for the Mudcats this season. Lindor is third in the Carolina League in batting with a .307 average. The All-Star also is fourth in hits with 90 and is tied for second with 5 triples.
Participating in this season’s Futures Game at Citi Field, after representing the World team at future American League Central rival Kansas City last year, provides Lindor with a glimpse into life will be like in the big leagues.
“It gives you a little taste,” Lindor said. “That (playing in a big league stadium) is one of the eye-openers for the players there. You realize what you would get when you do get there.”
The prized prospect is also excited about the talent level within the Cleveland organization.
“Last year in the Futures Game we had (Jesus) Aguilar, this year we have C.C. Lee, so I am sure they (Cleveland management) are happy and proud,” Lindor said.
“I am sure many more players will be getting picked to play from this organization.”
There will be plenty of talent on display in Queens. Lindor is comfortable in the environment.
“Anytime I am on the field, I feel like I can compete,” Lindor said. “I believe in myself. I trust myself. I am going to compete everyday.”
“I don’t back down for any challenges.”
The joy and experience that comes with making All-Star appearances and earning awards gives the 19-year old a singular focus to continue to improve and succeed at a high level. The ultimate goal remains the same.
It (playing in the Futures Game) will give me more experience,” Lindor said. “Once I make it, I will realize that everything I have done and everything I have been through will pay off.”
Lindor eagerly looks forward to one day being a member of the Tribe, but is pragmatic when about when he will get to see action at Progressive Field.
“I still have a long way to go,” Lindor said. “Once I make it to the big leagues, I still have a long way to go after that.”
“I have got to thank them (the Cleveland organization),” Lindor added. “They have given me the opportunity to play in this organization, which is a great organization. They have been helping me out all along.”
“All they want for me is the best.”
Photo by Nikolaus © 2013 Carolina Mudcats