STARKVILLE, Miss. – One day after being drafted 55th overall by the New York Yankees in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft, Mississippi State junior left-handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren was named a finalist for the 2014 Olson Award, Toolshed Sports announced Friday. The award, given annually to college baseball’s breakout player of the year, is named after former Auburn pitcher Gregg Olson.
Following a 2013 sophomore campaign which saw the southpaw go 4-3 with a 4.18 ERA, Lindgren was named a finalist Friday after wrapping up this past spring with a 6-1 record and a 0.81 ERA. As a result of his breakout season, the lefty went from being the 369th overall selection in the 2011 first-year player draft to being taken 55th overall Thursday.
A 2014 first-team All-Southeastern Conference performer as voted on by the league’s 14 head coaches, Lindgren is also a finalist for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award. In addition, the lefty 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 Paul Maholm and Chris Stratton as the only three MSU hurlers since 2000 with 100-plus strikeouts in a season.
In his three-year career so far, Lindgren is 12-6 overall with 189 Ks and a 2.64 ERA.
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