STARKVILLE, Miss. – Going to a franchise with 27 World Series titles, Mississippi State junior left-handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren was drafted 55th overall in the second round by the New York Yankees in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft, which began Thursday.
“I am humbled and grateful to be drafted by the New York Yankees,” Lindgren said. “This is an incredible feeling and a day I will remember for the rest of my life. I would like to thank Mississippi State University, my coaches, teammates and the greatest fans in college baseball for helping me reach this point.”
Lindgren is the 139th Diamond Dawg selected in the draft since its inception in 1965 and the highest-drafted Bulldog southpaw since Paul Maholm went eighth overall in the 2003 MLB Draft. Thursday marked the third-straight season a MSU player was selected on the first day of the event.
A 2014 first-team All-Southeastern Conference performer as voted on by the league’s 14 head coaches, Lindgren is a finalist for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award and a semifinalist for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award for college baseball’s breakout player of the year. In addition, the southpaw was also named a finalist for the C Spire Ferriss Trophy, given annually to the top collegiate player in Mississippi.
Pitching in a conference which set a national record with 10 bids to the 2014 NCAA Tournament, Lindgren led the league in SEC-games only in ERA (0.55), opponent batting average (.114), fewest hits allowed (13), fewest runs allowed (4) and fewest earned runs allowed (2).
Lindgren finished his 2014 campaign leading the nation with 16.3 strikeouts per nine innings and ranking first among all relievers nationally with 100 total strikeouts. Currently third in the SEC in fanned batters, Lindgren joins former first-round picks Maholm and Chris Stratton as the only three MSU hurlers since 2000 with 100-plus strikeouts in a season.
Overall, the lefty went 6-1 in his junior year in 26 appearances, recording team lows in ERA (0.81) and opponent batting average (.124). In his three-year career so far, Lindgren is 12-6 overall with 189 Ks and a 2.64 ERA.
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