Francisco Lindor, born on November 14, 1993, is a Puerto Rican professional baseball player for the M.L.B. New York Mets baseball team. He was raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and has always been a lover of the sport from a very young age. He started his career as a professional baseball player when he was 18, after signing with the Cleveland Indians baseball team in 2011. Lindor has been making history season after season since the start of his career, and has won two ‘Golden Glove’ awards and one ‘Platinum Glove’ award, among several others! Lindor signed his second deal in his career with the New York Mets in 2021 and continues to make history. Let’s get to know him a little more, as we celebrate his birthday right here!
Francisco Miguel Lindor
Paquito, Mr. Smile
November 14, 1993
Francisco Miguel Lindor is a Puerto Rican professional baseball player born on November 14, 1993, in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He plays as a shortstop for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. He is the third son out of four children to his father Miguel Lindor and his mother Maria Serrano. Lindor began playing baseball when he was a child and would often practice with his father. When he was 12, he moved to Florida with his father, stepmother, and one sibling. In Florida, he attended Montverde Academy school.
Lindor’s professional baseball career began in 2011 when he was 18 years old after he signed with the Cleveland Indians professional baseball team. He appeared in five games with the New York-Penn League, making him the 32nd best prospect in baseball before the 2012 season. He started the season off by playing in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Future Games for the Lake County Captains and ended the season with a successful 122 games. For the 2013 season, he played with the Carolina Mudcats of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League before being promoted to the Akron Aeros of the Class A.A. Eastern League later that year.
In 2014, the Indians promoted him to the Columbus Clippers of the Class A.A.A. International League and proceeded into the 2015 season with this team. Recording his first major league hit, he won the ‘American League Rookie of the Month’ award in September 2015 and finished the season off with a 313 batting average, 12 home runs, 51 R.B.I.’s, 12 stolen bases, and 22 doubles in 99 games. Ending the 2016 season off triumphantly with 158 games, Lindor won his first ‘Golden Glove’ award and first ‘Platinum Glove’ award, besides winning the ‘Best Defensive Player’ award that year.
In the years following 2016, Lindor continued to make history on the baseball field and won his second ‘Gold Glove Award’ in 2019. In 2021, his season with the Cleveland Indians team ended after he was traded to the New York Mets with whom he signed a 10-year deal worth $341 million. Although the 2021 season in his new team started on a rocky patch, Lindor quickly picked up and ended the season off with a 230 batting average, 20 home runs, and 10 stolen bases with 125 games. In 2022, he was named the ‘National League Player of the Week.’ Apart from being a legendary baseball player, Lindor is also a husband and father! He tied the knot with Katie Reguero, a professional violinist, in 2021, and the newlyweds had just recently welcomed their baby girl into the world!
Lindor signs with the Cleveland Indians baseball team and starts his professional career.
He plays in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Future Games for the Lake County Captains.
Lindor wins the ‘American League Rookie of the Month’ award.
Lindor becomes a first-time ‘Golden Glove’ award and ‘Platinum Glove’ award winner.
Lindor signs a 10-year deal with the New York Mets baseball team.
Why We Love Francisco Lindor
He’s a true lover of sports
It turns out that Lindor isn’t just a lover of baseball! He once took a trip to Tokyo to learn Aikido, a form of Japanese martial arts. He is also pretty skilled at playing air hockey.
He’s making history
Looking at Lindor’s victories on the baseball field, many of his accomplishments have been the first, second, or third in history! For example, he is the youngest Cleveland batter to have six world series hits in history; he is the second player in Mets history to record an R.B.I. in a streak of 10 consecutive games since 1999, and so much more!
His nickname is “Mr. Smile”
Lindor is clearly aware of his big, bright smile, and we love it as much as he does! He once had his nickname on the back of his playing t-shirt during a baseball game. Keep smiling, Mr. Smile!
5 Surprising Facts
The Lindor Hall
Lindor’s alma mater, Montverde Academy, named its baseball facility after their former student, to which Lindor donated towards the construction of the hall.
He’s making Puerto Rico proud
Lindor is the first Puerto Rican shortstop in M.L.B. history to win the ‘Golden Glove’ award.
Paquito equals Francisco
His nickname, Paquito, is actually the direct translation of his name, Francisco!
He didn’t know a word of English
When Lindor moved to Florida as a child, he couldn’t speak a word of the English language and had his father write English words for him to show his teacher who he needed to communicate with.
He loves fashion
This professional baseball player takes pride in his attire and loves a fashionable look when he’s out in public.
Francisco Lindor FAQs
What kind of glove does Francisco Lindor use?
One of the gloves that Lindor uses is the Rawlings REV1X.
What happened to Francisco Lindor’s hand?
Lindor missed the night’s series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers after he slammed his finger in a hotel door.
How many hits does Francisco Lindor have?
He has a total of 1,092 hits.
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