Thursday, May 28, 2015

Meet a Prospect: Jacob Lindgren

Jacob Lindgren was finally called up this week after the team needed a fresh arm in the bullpen and made his major league debut on Memorial Day for the Yankees. Lindgren threw two scoreless innings of relief for New York on Monday after a blowout at the hands of the Texas Rangers forced the team to send down Branden Pinder and call up Lindgren. We introduced Lindgren to the masses when he was drafted in the 2014 MLB First Year Player's Draft and we will re-introduce Mr. Lindgren to the family today since he is with the club now and hopefully with the club to stay. Allow me to re-introduce myself Jacob Lindgren.

Lindgren was a starting pitcher in his Sophomore season at Mississippi State and posted a modest 4-3 record with a 4.18 ERA in 14 starts before converting to the bullpen for his Junior season. Lindgren appeared in 24 games this season and posted a 0.81 ERA with a 16.29 K/9 ratio while allowing just 23 hits, 22 of them singles, and striking out an even 100 batters.

Lindgren struggles with command and has some questionable mechanics on a smaller frame but still strikes out plenty of batters with a hard slider and a 93-94 MPH fastball. Lindgren hides the ball well but struggles with consistency and release points at times making him a project, but a fast mover nonetheless.

The Yankees do not have a shutdown left handed relief pitcher in the system currently unless they plan on using either Manny Banuelos or Jeremy Bleich out of the pen. Lindgren is going to be a site for sore eyes in the Yankees bullpen sooner rather than later.

On the 20-80 scale that scouts use Lindgren has a 60 fastball, 65 slider, 45 command, and compares to BJ Ryan. It would not surprise me one but to see Lindgren up this September with the big league club.

Position: LHP
DOB: 03/12/1993 (Age: 21)
Height/Weight: 5'11", 205 pounds
Bats/Throws: R/L
School: Mississippi State (Junior)

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