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2014 MLB Draft: New York Yankees Select Jacob Lindgren, LHP, Mississippi State with 55th Overall Pick

June 5th, 2014 at 11:54 PM
By Doug Rush

Thursday night was the beginning of the 2014 MLB Draft, which meant a lot of college kids and high school prospects lives would change forever as they were accepted into professional baseball.

For the New York Yankees, their first pick of the draft on Thursday night wasn't until the second round in the draft due to losing their first round picks when they signed Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran this past winter, so they had the 55th overall pick in the draft. With that pick, the Yankees selected left-handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren from Mississippi State.

In his three seasons with Mississippi State, Lindgren went 12-6 with a 2.73 ERA in 53 appearances. In 2014, he went 6-1 with a 0.88 ERA in 51 innings with 93 strikeouts and 21 walks in 26 appearances

The 21-year-old Lindgren was originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 12th round of the 2011 MLB Draft, but opted to go to school instead at Mississippi State and worked his way to get selected 10 rounds higher and eventually, with the Yankees. This was from the scouting report from Lindgren's profile from MLB.com:

"Mississippi State finished runner-up at the 2013 College World Series runner-up club, with much of the Bulldogs' success coming from building their pitching staff around their relievers. After losing several of them to pro ball, they moved Lindgren to the bullpen this spring. He has overmatched hitters more than ever in shorter stints, making it unlikely that he'll last past the second round of the Draft. His best pitch is a wipeout slider that arrives at 82-84 mph with late bite. His fastball has jumped from 87-91 mph as a starter to 91-95 as a reliever. Because Lindgren has a sinking changeup and throws strikes, a pro team could be tempted to develop him as a starter. But his stuff plays up as a reliever, and he could reach the Majors very quickly in the role. He has closer upside."

In the scouting report, it mentioned that Lindgren split time as both a starter and reliever in college, but saw an increase in velocity with his fastball when he became reliever, as it went from 90-91 to 94-95.

It also mentioned that Lindgren could be a project to become a future closer in the big leagues, but right now, he'll enter the Yankees system as a left-handed power reliever.

 

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