The acrobatic Lind is famous for his ability to jump over any teammate from a standing start. In his first full season in 1988 he quickly established himself as one of the best-fielding second basemen in the league and just missed leading NL second basemen in fielding average and putouts. The Pirates traded Johnny Ray near the end of the 1987 season to make room for Lind, who hit .322 in his call-up. In 1988 he hit .262, stole 15 bases, and scored 82 runs.
Lind is a cousin of Onix Concepcion and has a brother, Orlando, who pitches in the Pirates system.