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Sherman: Yankees to Call Up Lindgren

The Times of Trenton

The Times of Trenton

It looks like the New York Yankees are calling up standout pitching prospect Jacob Lindgren.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the 22-year-old left-hander will be in pinstripes when the Bombers’ host the Texas Rangers on Sunday. Branden Pinder will be demoted in a corresponding move.


Lindgren has been on a rapid ascent to the major leagues ever since the Yankees drafted him with their second-round pick in last year’s amateur draft. A product of Mississippi State, he began his pro career playing rookie ball but quickly climbed up the minor league ladder. He played at four different levels in 2014, getting as high as Double-A Trenton.

Lindgren’s first year in the Yankees organization went well, as he finished the season with a 2.19 ERA and 17.5 K/9 in 19 games. While the small sample size may have skewed some numbers, the showing was enough for the Yankees to start Lindgren off at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to begin the 2015 season. In 15 games he has a 1.23 ERA, 11.9 K/9 ratio, three saves and has yet to allow a home run.

Lindgren will be the fourth southpaw in the Yankees bullpen, joining Chasen Shreve, Justin Wilson and closer Andrew Miller. A former starter in college, Lindgren possess a fastball that can reach 95 miles per hour and a slider that is Miller-esque. With a third pitch in his arsenal, a changeup, it is no wonder how he has been able to rack up 77 strikeouts in 46.2 professional innings.

Lindgren’s tendency to punch hitters out should allow him to fit right in in New York, as the Yanks’ pen leads the majors with 10.2 K/9.

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