Lind Quietly Escalating Status

It was just a few years ago that scouts were noting Adam Lind would never develop the power needed to play in the outfield. Two years later, Lind is leading the Eastern League in home runs, despite being promoted to Triple-A last week. The outfield has clearly labeled himself as the top hitting prospect in the Jays system, but now those same executives and scouts are focusing on his defense.

"I need to get experience in handling fly balls, and the more repetitions I get, the better I will become," Lind told InsideTheDome earlier this year. "My footwork is average, but I need to get quicker on my feet. "I am working on my throwing arm and my mechanics to make a faster throw to the infield. Again, that goes back to the footwork."

In 91 games with New Hampshire, Lind was a Triple Crown candidate. Before being promoted to Triple-A Syracuse last week he was second in batting average (.310), first in home runs (19), and first in runs batted in (71).

Lind batted .409 with runners in scoring position during his tenure with New Hampshire, with 11 of his 19 home runs coming with runners on base. In seven games with Syracuse he is batting .300 and is hitting 3-for-8 with runners on base.

However, scouts and pundits now focus in on his defense as the reason Lind won't make it. Two years ago it was his lack of power.

"Does his defense need improving,?" one scout noted, "of course, however, I have never seen a prospect not get the chance solely because of his fielding."

Lind has made tremendous progress this season on his fielding, and the outfielder credits Tony Miller with the improvement. Miller, who was acquired by Toronto two months ago has worked with Lind on his positioning, and how to track the ball off the bat just by watching the hitter.

Offensively Lind has one approach at the plate, and that is to put a good swing on the ball with each plate appearance.

"A large part of hitting is taking good pitchers and then hitting your pitch."

"The kid can flat out hit a baseball," the scout noted. "There isn't one team in baseball that wouldn't want to put his bat in the lineup."

Scouts note that Lind is "extremely close" to being major league ready with his bat. Baring an injury, Lind should be making his major league debut with Toronto in 2007.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\"I need to get experience in handling fly balls, and the more repetitions I get, the better I will become,\" Lind told InsideTheDome earlier this year. \"My footwork is average, but I need to get quicker on my feet. \"I am working on my throwing arm and my mechanics to make a faster throw to the infield. Again, that goes back to the footwork.\"\r\n

\r\nIn 91 games with New Hampshire, Lind was a Triple Crown candidate. Before being promoted to Triple-A Syracuse last week he was second in batting average (.310), first in home runs (19), and first in runs batted in (71).\r\n

\r\nLind batted .409 with runners in scoring position during his tenure with New Hampshire, with 11 of his 19 home runs coming with runners on base. In seven games with Syracuse he is batting .300 and is hitting 3-for-8 with runners on base.\r\n

\r\nHowever, scouts and pundits now focus in on his defense as the reason Lind won't make it. Two years ago it was his lack of power.\r\n

\r\n\"Does his defense need improving,?\" one scout noted, \"of course, however, I have never seen a prospect not get the chance solely because of his fielding.\"\r\n

\r\nLind has made tremendous progress this season on his fielding, and the outfielder credits Tony Miller with the improvement. Miller, who was acquired by Toronto two months ago has worked with Lind on his positioning, and how to track the ball off the bat just by watching the hitter.\r\n

\r\nOffensively Lind has one approach at the plate, and that is to put a good swing on the ball with each plate appearance. \r\n

\r\n\"A large part of hitting is taking good pitchers and then hitting your pitch.\"\r\n

\r\n\"The kid can flat out hit a baseball,\" the scout noted. \"There isn't one team in baseball that wouldn't want to put his bat in the lineup.\"\r\n

\r\nScouts note that Lind is \"extremely close\" to being major league ready with his bat. 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