It's been over a month since he was drafted and about 3 weeks since he made his pro debut, but Jacob Lindgren is already starting to show why the Yankees were so high on him in making him their first pick of the 2014 draft. He made his High-A debut last night and did so by striking out the side in a perfect inning. For the season he's now pitched 7 innings across 3 different levels (GCL, Low-A, High-A), and he's given up 1 ER with 0 walks and 16 strikeouts in those 7 innings.
His stuff was considered MLB-ready by most scouts at the draft and it was universally agreed upon that he was MLB-ready as a lefty specialist the minute he was drafted. The early small sample size results are exactly what you'd expect from a college reliever with that kind of profile. Lindgren has been efficient and dominant against lower-level MiL hitters and I don't expect him to stay in Tampa for very long. It will be fun watching him for the next 2 months to see how aggressive the Yankees get with him and whether he works his way up to a September call up.
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