MLB Draft Tracker: Cleveland Indians Select Francisco Lindor, SS, With Eighth Pick

The 2011 MLB Draft continued as the Cleveland Indians selected Francisco Lindor, SS, Montverde Academy (FL), with the eighth pick. Lindor continues the draft's run on high school players, and is sure to bolster a young Indians squad in the future.

Francisco Lindor is easily considered the top shortstop prospect in the 2011 MLB Draft and is probably the best defensive player on the board. Lindor is also a switch-hitting line drive guy who managed to win a homerun derby at the All-American Game in 2010 despite his small size. Lindor is 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds and won't turn 18 until November, 2011.

There are some questions how good his bat will be at the major league level, but his defense projects to be stellar. He's prone to making the flashy play instead of the solid play but for a young kid with incredible talent, that's understandable. Lindor has committed to Florida State but should forgo college with a little bonus money flashed in front of him.

The Chicago Cubs are up next with the ninth pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.

For more on the 2011 MLB Draft, visit AZ Snake Pit for in-depth coverage of the Arizona Diamondbacks and SB Nation's Baseball Nation for national draft coverage.

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