Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 7/19/12

The 8th overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft, shortstop Francisco Lindor is the next huge can’t miss prospect for the Cleveland Indians. Currently with the Lake County Captains, I caught up to him at the Midwest League All-Star game.

“Every time I come out to the field, I try to improve in every aspect of the game. I try to soak in everything I can. I just try to get better from here,” he said about what he’s working to get better. He also articulated what he likes best about the Indians organization:

“They’re honest, they have a really good orientation, They know how to run things and they respect us as ballplayers. They tell us always the truth. I respect that.

“As a man I would like them to be honest and I  want to be honest with them.”

At the All-Star break, Lindor, rated the top prospect in the organization, was hitting .285 with 14 SB and 41 R.

I asked him who he looked up to the most in the Major Leagues.

“The ones I really look at the most are mDerek Jeter, Jose Reyes, all the shortstops They’re great ballplayers and I respect them. I admire them.

Any mentors?

“Tony Walters helped me a lot last year in Mahani, Took me under his wing and showed me around he’s a great ball player. I hope I can move up in the system and he’s probably gonna be an all star God willing and hall of fame one day and I respect him.”

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, an official Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Fox Sports, MSN, Walter Football and Yardbarker

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