CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Manny Acta was worrying about finding a way to beat the Twins while Cleveland's front office was debating which young star to select in the first round of Monday's First-Year Player Draft.
The Indians ultimately settled on highly-touted high school shortstop Francisco Lindor with the eighth overall pick in the Draft. One day later, Acta had time to digest the selection and voice his approval.
"You can't help but to be interested in the guys that are joining the organization," Acta said. "I've heard a lot of good stuff about Lindor. Friends of mine that are in the industry told me that this kid has the chance to be the best position player out of the Draft.
"High risk, high reward. He's the youngest player ever taken out of high school, but they like his talent -- the people that have seen him."
Lindor, who will turn 18 in November, hit .528 (28-for-53) this season for Montverde (Fla.) Academy with six home runs, seven doubles and two triples. Lindor -- a slick-fielding shortstop projected to have a future at the same position in the Majors -- compiled 13 RBIs, stole 20 bases in 21 chances and scored 32 runs.
In a few late Draft projections, Lindor was predicted to go as high as the No. 2 overall pick.
"Our guys are very happy that he was there for us to grab," Acta said. "Also, we have to consider, too, that behind [Asdrubal] Cabrera over the last couple of years, we need some depth up the middle. Up the middle being shortstop."