ORLANDO — In the shadows of Disney World and Universal Studios, about 20 scouts came out to see Francisco Lindor's Montverde Academy take on Olympia High—a team that features a few notable underclassmen.
But scouts keying in on Lindor didn't get to see much. He took some pre-game batting practice in one of Olympia's batting cages and then showed his usual lightning-quick hands and fluid actions at shortstop during infield and outfield drills, but didn't have much chance to make an impact once the game started.
Facing junior righthander Walker Weickel, Lindor led off the game with a strikeout, expanding his zone to chase a fastball high and away. He also walked and stroked a single to right field, but he only got three at-bats because Montverde was run-ruled, 14-2 after five innings.
"I mean, we're 2-4 now, so I don't really like the way my season's going," Lindor said. "We're not winning as much as I would like to win. However, I think we're playing well, we're just making too many mistakes. We're going to keep working on that and by the end of the season we're going to finish with a good record. That's the most important thing. I don't really care what my stats are; as long as I win, I'm fine with it."
Lindor did start a nice double play in the second inning, but later in the game got eaten up by a hot ground ball, turning his chest away from the play.
Lindor used his helmet from his time with USA Baseball during the game against Olympia and he said his experience on the showcase circuit and with Team USA this summer really helped him better prepare for all the attention this season.
"It helped me a lot," Lindor said. "It helped me to see what's out there, it helped me to get better. It helped me see where I have to improve. I don't have to improve that much, but I still have work to do. It made me a better person on and off the field."
The group of scouts paled in comparison to the crowd that came out to see Lindor take on Javier Baez at Arlington Country Day, but he said his game is the same no matter who is in the stands.
"I don't let anything change the way I approach my game," Lindor said. "There could be 1,000 people or there could be no one in the stands, I'll still play the same way. I've been playing the same game ever since I was 4 years old and no one was watching me then. Right now there's a couple people watching me, a couple of scouts, but I just can't let that affect me. I'm going to keep doing my thing and hopefully my guys will keep doing their thing also."
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