Lind has hit at every level throughout his rise through the system, but sees his real improvement in his defense.
"I've improved 100% in my defense and that's a credit to Tony Miller
. I learned it's more about positioning and watching the hitter," said Lind.
Despite the fact Lind is on the verge of putting up his third consecutive season with a .300 average or higher, he still sees a need to work on improving at the plate. He doesn't see his improvement defensively as being his sole refinement.
"You've got to work on both. At the Major League level, they expect good ‘D' and the hitting is a plus," said Lind.
After posting .312 and .313 averages in his first two seasons with Auburn and Dunedin, respectively, he has quietly amassed a .302 average through the first 80 games in 2006. His offensive and defensive talents earned him a selection to the Eastern League All-Star Game to be held next week in Altoona. Putting up another season of solid numbers and an All-Star selection aren't enough to make the quiet outfielder content to rest on his laurels.
"My goal has been the same since I was drafted and it's not going to change until I realize it and that's playing in the Major Leagues," said Lind.
This fire and zeal to realize his goal of playing baseball at the game's highest level is what propels him to continue to work on improving every day. In spite of his numbers, he isn't ready to put himself on the next bus to Syracuse.
"All I can do is perform. They [the organization] know when you're ready. They've seen guys put up numbers and succeed and fail. They know when you're ready to go to the next level," said Lind.
The most amazing thing about Lind is his remarkable consistency at every level over his young career. Lind trusts his swing, the same way he trusts the Blue Jays Development brass to judge his ripeness for Triple-A. He believes his consistency at the plate is due in large part to his trusting his swing and not worrying about changing it when he is in a slump.
"You have to use the same approach. You don't fix your swing, you just have to be patient. A large part of hitting is taking good pitches and hitting your pitch.
"You have to use the same consistent swing and [you have to be aware that] your swing comes and goes and you have to find it everyday," said Lind.
Lind has certainly been able to find his swing in his first three professional seasons, a fact he credits to a very simple ritual he performs before every game.
"Taking swings off a tee every day," said Lind.
Lind says that's the simple tip he uses to make sure he finds his swing every day and it has worked to perfection so far. If Lind continues to display the work ethic and pure skills that have propelled him to his current heights, he has the potential to be a very good Major League outfielder for a very long time. Only time will tell if he is able to realize his potential and provide the Blue Jays with a solid outfielder for the future.
Adam Lind is continuing his rise through to the top of the Blue Jays farm system and may quickly find himself as the system's brightest light. Lind is an outfielder who will turn twenty-three this month and who's hot bat has continued to increase his stock as his defensive prowess improves. Find out what Lind thinks of his progress at the plate and defensively.