STARKVILLE, Miss. – After signing a contract with the New York Yankees this past weekend and becoming the latest Bulldog millionaire, former Mississippi State junior left-handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren earned first-team All-America honors by Perfect Game, the national scouting service announced Tuesday. The honor comes one week after earning first-team accolades by Baseball America and second-team props from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Drafted 55th overall by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft, the 2014 first-team All-Southeastern Conference performer was a finalist for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, the Olson Award and the C-Spire Ferriss Trophy.
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. The lefty also ranked second in groundball ratio among collegiate pitchers with 50-plus innings pitched.
Currently fourth in the SEC in fanned batters, Lindgren joined 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.
What They’re Saying About Jacob Lindgren:
"You're looking at one of the nastiest relievers in college baseball. His slider is one of the best pitches in this draft." - Greg Amsinger, MLB Network on draft night
"Jacob has been very successful in a tough conference and has produced exceptional strikeout numbers. We are very happy to have selected him." - Damon Oppenheimer, New York Yankees Director of Amateur Scouting
“This is the Yankees first pick of the night and a tremendous pick. I think this guy is the best relief pitcher in the draft." - Jim Kaat, MLB Network on draft night
"Scouts love this guy. The Yankees made a good pick. Because, why wait? Why take a projection guy who will get there in three or four years? This guy will get up there in a hurry." - John Hart, MLB Network on draft night
“Lindgren has excellent swing-and-miss and ground ball rates, and the stuff that could translate in the big leagues for NYY very soon.” – Buster Olney, Senior Baseball Writer for ESPN The Magazine
“Yanks can use that paralyzing slider he possesses in their bullpen right now!” – Jeff Brantley, Cincinnati Reds Broadcaster, former MLB All-Star
“Lindgren might be better than (current Yankees reliever) Matt Thornton right now. Not joking at all.” – Mike Axisa, CBS Sports Eye on Baseball
“I don’t think it’s going to take long at all for Lindgren to get to the big leagues.” – Kendall Rogers, Perfect Game
"This guy could be the first player to the big leagues from this draft. If the Yankees want this guy up at the end of the season, I think he could help their bullpen by the end of this year." - Jim Kaat, MLB Network on draft night
“He was pretty electrifying at the SEC tournament, that slider was vicious.” – Aaron Fitt, Baseball America
“We do think, as a group, that he does have the capability of moving through the system hopefully quickly. He's obviously advanced and gotten out really good hitters.'' - Damon Oppenheimer, New York Yankees Director of Amateur Scouting