The 2011 first round draft pick talks about the honor of having the field named after him.

Montverde’s three-year old baseball complex will be named  for 2011 Montverde graduate Francisco Lindor Friday night.

A ceremony is planned prior to thw 6 p,m. Clermont East Ridge at Montverde Academy baseball game to name the field Francisco Lindor Field. Lindor will be present for the ceremonies, said George Karos, Montverde’s director of communications. The ceremony will be held prior to the 6 p.m. game with East Ridge.

Lindor, a shortstop, was picked 8th overall in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft by the Cleveland Indians.  Lindor spent last season with the Lake County (Ohio) Captains, the Indians’ Class A affiliate in the Midwest League.

He was selected a league all-star, posting a .256 average with 24 doubles, six homers and 42 RBIs. He also played for the World Team in the MLB Futures Game, part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star activities. Lindor is a native of Puerto Rico before moving to Clemont and playing at Montverde.

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