There was big news to start the week for the Baby Bombers. New York Yankees elite pitching prospects Jacob Lindgren and Ian Clarkin were both promoted to begin the first full week of August. Lindgren will be heading to the Trenton Thunder and Clarkin will be heading to the Tampa Yankees.
Lindgren continues to climb through the minors at astonishing speed. It is time to think that if the Yankees are in a legitimate pennant chase come September the possibility of Lindgren being in the bullpen as the left-handed specialist is very real. He really is just that good.
Lindgren was the first player drafted by the Yankees in the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft when they grabbed him in the second round. The 5’11”, 180-pound lefty out of Mississippi State made himself comfortable very quickly in professional ball. He pitched a mere one inning striking out two in the Rookie League for the Gulf Coast Yankees 1 before he was quickly promoted to Charleston. As a RiverDog he was tagged for his first earned run allowed but stopped the bleeding there. He would go 1-0 while striking out 11 over five innings pitched. He only lasted six games at High-A Tampa before getting the call to Trenton. Lindgren didn’t allow a run over 7.1 innings with the T-Yanks while striking out 17 batters.
Ian Clarkin is by now known by Yankees fans and MLB brass as the top lefty prospect in the Yankees farm system. Part of the big three of the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft, Clarkin is having a stout first full season. He hit a speed bump when he was shelved on the 7-day DL a few weeks back, but has recovered nicely and is en route to the next level. Clarkin went 3-3 with an impressive 3.21 ERA over 15 starts for the RiverDogs. He struck out 71 batters over 70 innings while only walking 22 batters. Clarkin is expected to make his T-Yanks debut later in the week.
The Yankees have to be elated with the pace of progress that their elite prospects have been making. A bevy of Baby Bombers with fewer than two years of professional experience are rising up the minor league ranks much quicker than expected. The Yankees future is much brighter now than at the beginning of 2014.