Francisco Lindor Bio: Early Life, MLB, Net Worth & Girlfriend

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Francisco Miguel Lindor Serrano is a Puerto Rican professional baseball player who plays shortstop for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). Lindor was ranked as the fifth-best shortstop in MLB by MLB Network heading into the 2023 season.

Everyone connected to baseball knows the smile of Francisco Lindor, “Mr. Smile.” His evergreen smile makes every spectator and the teammates feel delighted.

The shortstop started playing baseball at the early age of 12. The Cleveland Indians drafted Francisco as the eighth overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.

Lindor played in the minor league until 2015 and made his MLB debut for the Indians on June 14, 2015.

Lindor In Mets' Jersey
Lindor In Mets’ Jersey (Source: Away Back Gone)

He began his professional career with the Short-Season A New York-Penn League Mahoning Valley Scrappers during the 2011 season.

Lindor is a right-handed thrower and a switch hitter. He won the Gold Glove Award in 2016, becoming the first Puerto Rican shortstop to be honored with the award.

Moreover, the 2017 Silver Slugger Award honoree was announced as the 2022 winner of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.

Francisco is included in the rosters list of the Puerto Rican team for the World Baseball Classic, which starts on March 8, 2023.

Follow through the end of this article to unwrap the success story of a brilliant talent.

Quick Facts

Full Name Francisco Miguel Lindor Serrano
Birth Date November 14, 1993
Birth Place Caguas, Puerto Rico
Nick Name Mr. Smile, Paquito
Religion Christianity
Nationality American 
Ethnicity Black
Education Montverde Academy
Horoscope Scorpio
Father’s Name Miguel Angel Lindor
Mother’s Name Maria Serrano
Siblings Three
Sister Legna
Age 30 Years Old
Height 5’11″/1.80 m/180 cm
Weight 86 kg/190 lb.
Shoe Size 13
Hair Color Blue
Eye Color Dark brown
Relationship Married
Wife Katia Reguero
Ex-Girlfriend Nilmarie Huertas
Children 1 daughter
Food Habit Non-Vegetarian
Profession Baseball Player
Position Shortstop
Active years 2011-Present
Net Worth $25-$30 Million
Salary $27 Million
Teams
  • Mahoning Valley Scrappers
  • Columbus Clippers
  • Cleveland Indians
Draft year 2011 MLB Draft
Debut June 14, 2015 (Cleveland Indians)
Social Media FacebookTwitterInstagram
Merch Jersey, Bobblehead, Rookie Cards
Last Update June 2024

Where Is Francisco Lindor From? Early Life & Family

Francisco was born on November 14, 1993, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, to his parents, Maria Serrano and Miguel Angel Lindor.

He grew up with three siblings, one of them is Legna, his elder sister, who now has two daughters and a son.

Lindor has engaged himself in baseball since he was a kid. His father was his mentor in the early days. The father-son duo used to practice on a hill; Miguel used to hit the balls, and Lindor used to try fielding them.

Later, his father took him to Central Florida when Lindor was 12. Also, Lindor’s stepmother and his youngest sibling went with them.

There he joined the Montverde Academy prep school. Soon after signing with the Cleveland Indians, the shortstop was joined by his mother and two older siblings.

How Old Is Francisco Lindor? Age, Height, & Nationality

Having been born in 1993 makes Francisco 30 years old as of 2024.

The talented baseball player celebrates his birthday on November 14, making his birth sign ScorpioAnd from what we know, they are known for their kindness, smartness, and talent.

Moving on, Lindor stands at the height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 meters) and weighs around 86 kg (190 pounds).

Francisco Lindor After His Cycle Ride
Francisco Lindor After His Cycle Ride (Source: Instagram)

Lindor does different workouts and exercises to stay fit and active.

Besides, Francisco was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and holds US citizenship as per the ‘Jones Act 1917.’ The Mets shortstop has represented both countries in baseball championships.

Early Career

In Florida, Lindor went to Montverde Academy, where he played and trained baseball. During those times, he was named to the USA Today’s All-USA High School Baseball Team.

Francisco also received a full scholarship from Florida State University to play for their baseball team.

The Cleveland Indians picked him in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft and signed for $2.9 million in August.

Besides, he was selected by the Indios de Mayaguez of Puerto Rico’s league.

But due to Cleveland’s intervention, Lindor could not play, and his LBPRC player rights was traded to the Gigantes de Carolina.

However, Cangrejeros de Santurce signed the former Indians shortstop by exploiting a legal loophole.

Professional Career

Minor Leagues

Eventually, Lindor started playing professional baseball for Mahoning Valley Scrappers. He played with the team in the New York-Penn League in the 2011 season and appeared in four games.

Then, he started for the Lake County Captains in the Class A Midwest League, where he batted an average of .257 with six home runs and 42 RBIs in 122 games.

Francisco Lindor playing for Akron Aeros
Francisco Lindor Playing For Akron Aeros (Source: Twitter)

Lindor was regarded as the top prospect of the Indians by Baseball America during those times.

He played with the Carolina Mudcats of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League for the 2013 season. He batted .307 on average, with two home runs and 34 RBIs in 104 games.

Lindor was promoted to the Akron Aeros in the Class AA Eastern League and hence to the Columbus Clippers in the Class AAA International League.

Cleveland Indians

Major League debut

The Indians had assigned Lindor to play for different teams in the minor league until the 2014 season. Finally, they added him to their main team in June 2015. In the glorious MLB debut, he served as a pinch hitter.

Lindor bagged the American League Rookie of the Month Award for September.

He finished his debut season batting a .313 average, 12 home runs, and 51 RBIs in 99 games. He was placed second in the American League Rookie of the Year Award voting.

World Series

The former Indians shortstop expanded his records and fame in the next season. He finished the 2016 season with 15 home runs and 78 RBIs, batting an average of .301 in 158 games.

In the 2016 MLB postseason, he recorded the most multi-hit games (seven) for a player under 23 years old.

Similarly, he became the youngest Cleveland batter to record six World Series hits. Following his impressive 2016 season, he earned the Golden Glove Award and the Platinum Glove Award, both for the first time.

Grand Slam & Silver Slugger

The 2017 season also brought numerous achievements for Lindor. For instance, he hit his career’s first grand slam on April 5 in a 9-6 win against the Texas Rangers.

Similarly, his first walk-off home run came against the Toronto Blue Jays featuring Dwight Smith Jr. in July.

Lindor hit a grand slam against New York Yankees in the 2017 ALDS. The Yankees side featured stars like Aaron Judge and Erik Kratz.

Francisco Lindor Showing His Platinum and Gold Glove Awards
Francisco Lindor Showing His Platinum And Gold Glove Awards (Source: Twitter)

Accordingly, Lindor became the third shortstop in history to hit a grand slam in the postseason.

He wrapped the 2017 season with 33 home runs and 89 RBIs, with a .273 batting average in 159 games.

Player of The Month

Lindor bagged his first two AL Player of the Week awards in consecutive weeks in May 2018. He had two doubles and two home runs in successive matches in May.

Consequently, he earned the AL Player of the Month title with a .373 batting average and 44 hits.

Highest Runs By A Puerto Rican 

In 2018, Lindor played the All-Star game consecutive three times. Notably, he broke the record for most runs by a Puerto Rican MLB player in July 2018, surpassing Edgar Martinez’s 79 runs in 1996.

Lindor also became the second shortstop in Cleveland’s history to drive seven runs in a game.

The shortstop ended the 2018 season with a .277 batting average and a 30.2 power-speed number. Moreover, he won the Silver Slugger award in the 2018 season too.

Besides, Lindor was a phenomenon for the team in the 2018 American League Division Series. However, the Indians were swept in 3 games by the Astros.

In 2019, the Puerto Rican was named to All-Star Game and won his second Gold Glove Award.

His 2020 season did not go as he had expected as he struggled throughout the season, recording a .258 batting average, 8 home runs and 27 RBIs in 60 games.

New York Mets (2021-Present)

The Indians traded Lindor to the New York Mets on January 7, 2021. Later on April 1, the Mets and Lindor agreed on a 10-year/$341 million deal keeping him with the team through 2031.

He finished the 2021 season batting .230, with 20 home runs and 10 stolen bases, in 125 games.

The 2022 season did not start well for the Puerto Rican as he got hit on his head on a pitch by Steve Cishek on April 8.

Lindor recorded his 82nd RBI of the season and broke the Mets franchise record for most RBIs recorded in a season by a shortstop, followed by his 24th home run, which broke the franchise record for most home runs by a shortstop in a season.

The Mets shortstop was announced as the 2022 winner of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award and was named to the All-MLB Second Team on December 6, 2022.

International Career

World Junior Baseball Championship

Lindor played in the 2010 World Junior Baseball Championship. With the U-18 United States team, he led the team to 5th place. He was named to the All-IBAF Juniors Team at the shortstop position.

World Baseball Classic

Lindor played in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. This time he played for the Puerto Rican team. Notably, the team acquired 3-0 stats in Pool D.

Likewise, Lindor was also the Most Valuable Player of Pool D. However, his team lost to the United States team in the championship game.

Overall, Lindor batted .455 on average with two home runs and four RBIs in the first round. Also, he was included in the 2017 All-WBC team.

Francisco will play in the World Baseball Classic 2023, representing his country, Puerto Rico.

Achievements & Titles

  • 4x All-Star (2016-2019)
  • 2x Gold Glove Award (2016, 2019)
  • Platinum Glove Award (2016)
  • 2x Silver Slugger Award (2017, 2018)
  • All-MLB Second Team (2022)
  • Gold – World Youth Baseball Championship (2009 Taiwan, representing USA)
  • Silver – World Baseball Classic (2017 Los Angeles, representing Puerto Rico)

Injury History 

Luckily, Francisco hasn’t had many injury issues in his MLB career till now. He only missed the first 18 games of the 2019 season the Indians due to a calf and ankle sprain.

Moreover, Lindor suffered a right calf strain on February 6, 2019, and later sprained his left ankle while running the bases in an intrasquad game in Goodyear, Arizona, on March 26, 2019.

On July 17, 2021, the shortstop suffered an oblique muscle injury and was out of the games for 39 days.

Career stats

 
Year
Team
GP
AB
R
H
RBI
BB
SO
HR
Avg
2022
NYM
161
630
98
170
107
59
133
26
.270
Career
 
1063
4,222
679
1170
581
401
725
184
.277

Who Is Francisco Lindor’s Fiancee? Girlfriend & Relationships

Just like his incredible baseball career, Francisco Lindor has maintained his personal life as well. Francisco is happily married to Katia Reguero

Reguero is a classical violinist who completed her bachelor’s in International Relations and Affairs in 2018.

Sadly, it is unknown how and when they first met. But some sources claim that Lindor and Katia started dating in early 2020. Moreover, the lovely duo welcomed their first child, a baby girl, in December 2020.

Francisco With His Wife And Daughter
Francisco With His Wife And Daughter (Source: Instagram)

As of now, the small family of three is living a happy and comfortable life. Also, they post photos of them being together on their social media.

Before dating Katia, Francisco was in a relationship with Nilmarie Huertas. They were together for around six and a half years. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out between them, and they got separated.

Net Worth & Salary

Lindor has made a significant fortune from playing in the minor and major leagues.

Per spotrac, he has earned $92,290,428 million in the 9 professional seasons. As of 2024, his net worth is estimated to be between $25-$30 million.

Previously, he signed a one-year contract worth $17.5 million with the Cleveland Indians in 2020. Likewise, his 2019 deal with the Indians was worth $10.55 million for a year.

How Long Is Francisco Lindor Under Contract With New York Mets?

The New York Mets signed a 10-year contract worth $341 million with Francisco Lindor in 2021, the fourth-largest total value in major league history.

With this new contract extension, Francisco will remain with the Mets through 2031.

Previously, the had Mets managed to avoid arbitration and signed with Francisco Lindor in one year deal worth $22.3 million.

Social Media Presence

Lindor is available on different social media platforms. He actively uses Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to reach out to his fans.

The Mets shortstop is available on Twitter as @Lindor12BC, on Facebook as @Francisco Lindor, and on Instagram as @lindor12bc.

Twitter: 240.3k followers

Instagram: 1m followers

Facebook: 193k followers

Popularity

Playing in the MLB and becoming the first Puerto Rican shortstop to win the Gold Glove Award, Francisco has gained fans from all around the world.

Francisco Lindor's Popularity Graph
Francisco Lindor’s Popularity Graph (Source: Google Trends)

The above graph gives brief information about the popularity of Francisco Lindor based on Google searches in the United States over a year.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Which game’s cover was Francisco Lindor in?

Francisco Lindor was featured on the cover of the video game R.B.I. Baseball 18. It was the 2018 edition of the video game series.

How long was Francisco Lindor under contract with Cleveland Indians?

Francisco Lindor signed a deal worth $17.5 million with the Cleveland Indians on January 10, 2020. The contract was for one year.

What glove does Francisco Lindor use?

Francisco Lindor uses Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS205-2KB batting gloves. His glove size is 11.75“.

What baseball cleats does Francisco Lindor wear?

Francisco Lindor usually wears either the COMPv1 or Cypher 12 “Stirrup” cleats in a variety of clean colorways and pairs them with Stance or TruSox socks.

Which is Francisco Lindor's signature turf?

The Lindor 1 by New Balance is the signature turf of Francisco Lindor. The Lindor Turf shoes are stacked with technology, including a FitWeave upper for breathable support, a fresh foam midsole for comfort, and a durable trail-inspired rubber outsole. It is designed for both performance and casual style.

Who is Francisco Lindor agent?

Francisco Lindor is managed by Sportsmeter, LLC.

What is Francisco Lindor's favorite walk-up song?

Francisco Lindor shared in one of his interviews at Beyond the Dugout show that his favorite go-to walk-up song is Space Jam.

Is Francisco Lindor in the Hall of Fame?

Francisco Lindor hasn't been inducted into any hall of fame as of this writing.

What brands had Francisco Lindor endorsed?

Francisco Lindor has endorsed brands like New Balance, Franklin, etc.

Which bat does Francisco Lindor use?

Francisco Lindor uses a LINDY12 PRO MODEL bat.

What is Francisco Lindor's fielding percentage?

Francisco's fielding percentage is .979 as of this writing.

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