Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor homered twice and Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez added a late-inning dinger to help lead Puerto Rico to a 9-4 win over Mexico in the World Baseball Classic on Saturday.
Both players drove in three runs, and teammate Carlos Beltran had three hits and a run batted in.
Lindor, runner-up for the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2015, played for the Lake County Captains in 2012. He batted .257 with 6 HR, 42 RBI and 27 SB in 122 games.
Baez played in the Midwest League that same season, logging 57 games with the Peoria Chiefs. He batted .333 with 12 HR, 33 RBI and 20 SB.
As noted in my last post, Beltran briefly played for the Lansing Lugnuts in 1996, batting .143 (6-for-42) in 11 games.
Mejia goes granny for Indians
Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia hit his first home run of the spring Saturday, clubbing a grand slam to cap a seven-run 7th inning for Cleveland in its 7-6 win over the Kansas City Royals.
Mejia is best known for his 50-game hitting streak last year. The hitting streak — baseball’s longest since 1954 — began when he was playing for Lake County, and ended in High-A after he was promoted to the Lynchburg Hillcats 24 games into the streak.
He batted .347 with 7 HR and 51 RBI in 60 games with the Captains last year before his promotion to the Hillcats. He also played for Lake County in 2015, batting .243 with 9 HR and 53 RBI in 109 games.