Who is Jacob Lindgren? Other than the Yankees’ first selection in the 2014 draft, Lindgren is a former Mississippi State pitcher. The 5’11 lefty was formerly drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 12th round of the 2011 draft, but decided to up his draft status by going to college instead. It paid off, and he is now your Yankees 2nd round pick.
Lindgren has both started and come into games as a reliever, but only pitched in relief this season. His fastball sits around 90 when he starts, but has touched 95 in relief situations. His slider is his out pitch, sitting between 82-84. Since converting into a relief role, Lindgren has turned into an absolute monster. For the season he had a .81 ERA this season, striking out exactly 100 hitters in 55.1 innings. He did not allow a single home run. Additionally, batters hit .124 off him this season.
He is regarded as one of the top relief pitchers in the draft this year with the potential to reach the big leagues very soon. For a team like the Yankees, that is a welcoming sign. While the Yankees bullpen is strong, having young potential is a fantastic change of pace from always having to buy talent on the market.
Analysts have mentioned that teams may be tempted to turn Lindgren back into a starter, but it appears the Yankees know exactly what they want to do with him. Look for Lindgren to race through the minors and make an impact soon than most. Here is some file footage courtesy of MLB.com: