According to Jim Callis of MLB.com, the New York Yankees Jacob Lindgren could make his MLB debut as early as this season. Callis ranked the top five draft picks from this year's draft and placed Lindgren atop the list
According to Callis, the Yankees who didn't own a first round pick, may have gotten the most Major League ready player in the draft. Although Yankees GM Brian Cashman has publicly stated that the organization will not put added pressure on the youngster, Lindgren could see the Bronx sooner than later. In fact, Callis believes it may be this year. An area scout who monitored Lindgren had this to say:
He's got two big league pitches right now. His slider is a plus pitch right now, a 60 or 65 (on the 20-80 scouting scale). He's a setup guy who can move quickly. He doesn't have to stay in the Minors very long at all. If you need a left-hander in the Majors, he could probably help you in September and get outs.
Callis compares Lindgren to another recent draftee who made his debut the same year as being drafted. In 2010 the Chicago White Sox drafted Chris Sale 13th overall out of Florida Gulf Coast University. Sale made his debut with the Sox in August of that same year becoming only the fifth player in Major League history to make the jump to the bigs in his draft year.
Callis pointed out that there are similarities between Sale and Lindgren that could make such a fast transition possible. Lindgren who was a finalist for the National Collegiate Stopper of the Year Award, would fit in the Yankees pen as a left-handed reliever. The Yanks have Matt Thornton as their only left-hander in the pen, so their is a potential spot for him on the roster. Sale came up with the Sox as a left-handed reliever on a contending team and pitched out of the bullpen in 2010. Lindgren could have the same opportunity as the Yanks could use another left-handed arm for the stretch run in September.
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