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New York Yankees Rumors: Jacob Lindgren Unlikely to Be Called up Sept. 1

August 30th, 2014 at 5:26 PM
By Michael Moraitis

There has been plenty of speculation that the New York Yankees would bring their 2014 No. 1 pick, second-rounder Jacob Lindgren, to the majors when rosters expand on September 1, but that may not happen after all.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Yankees may end up holding off on calling up Lindgren, who is tearing it up in the minors since joining the Yankees.

The left-hander has been stellar out of the bullpen with a 0.73 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 24.2 innings pitched. He has been so good that he's been given the nickname "Strikeout Factory."

Rosenthal reasons that the recent acquisition of Josh Outman leaves calling Lindgren up unnecessary as the Yanks now have the lefty specialist in Outman that they didn't have when they traded Matt Thornton to the Washington Nationals.

If he can keep holding left-handed batters to an average under .200 like he did in Cleveland, Outman will be more than enough for the Yankees to get by the rest of the way. In his place, the Yanks can opt for more offense as opposed to a bit deeper of a bullpen.

That means Lindgren won't get a rapid promotion from being drafted to the bigs in a single season and instead will being taken along more slowly, with his first opportunity to make the big-league roster in spring training 2015.

Not to mention, Lindgren has already thrown a ton of innings this season between college and the minors, thus the Yankees are weary of pushing him too hard, too fast.

Manager Joe Girardi has already said the Yanks will likely call-up less than seven players from the minors, but don't count on Lindgren being one of them.

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