Jacob Lindgren

Jacob Stephen Lindgren (born March 12, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Chicago White Sox organization. He played for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB) in 2015. Previously, he played college baseball for Mississippi State University.

Jacob Lindgren
Lindgren with the New York Yankees
Chicago White Sox
Born: (1993-03-12) March 12, 1993
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
May 25, 2015, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average5.14

Amateur career

Lindgren attended Saint Stanislaus College in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB) selected Lindgren in the 12th round of the 2011 MLB draft, but he opted not to sign with the Cubs. Lindgren enrolled at Mississippi State University, where he played college baseball for the Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball team.[1][2][3] As a sophomore, Lindgren pitched for the Bulldogs in the 2013 College World Series, which Mississippi State lost to the UCLA Bruins. In 2013, he played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Bourne Braves.

Lindgren became a relief pitcher in 2014, his junior year.[4] In 2014, he was named a finalist for the C Spire Ferriss Trophy, given to the best college baseball player in Mississippi.[5][6] He finished his college career with a 12–6 win–loss record, 2.64 earned run average (ERA) (including 0.81 in his Junior 2014 season, his first as a reliever), 189 strikeouts, and 50 walks in 54 games (16 starts) and 139 23 innings pitched.[7]

Professional career

Minor Leagues

The New York Yankees selected Lindgren in the second round, with the 55th overall selection, of the 2014 MLB draft.[8] On June 14, 2014, he signed with the Yankees for a $1.1 million signing bonus.[9] He played in five games for the Gulf Coast Yankees and Charleston RiverDogs of the Class A South Atlantic League before being promoted to the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League in July.[10] He was promoted to the Trenton Thunder of the Double-A Eastern League in August.[11] Over the whole season, he pitched in 19 games with a 2–1 record, 2.16 ERA, a save, and 48 strikeouts compared to just 13 walks in 24 23 innings pitched.[8]

New York Yankees

Lindgren began the 2015 season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Triple-A International League. He pitched to a 1–1 record with a 1.23 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 22 innings, before the Yankees promoted Lindgren to the major leagues on May 24.[12] He was sent down to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on June 13.[13] On June 21, the Yankees announced that Lindgren would have surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow.[14] In 7 games with the Yankees, he finished with a 5.14 ERA.

Lindgren struggled during spring training in 2016, and began the season with the Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees.[15] He spent most of the season on the disabled list due to elbow injuries. He underwent Tommy John surgery in August, which forced him out for the rest of the season.[16] The Yankees non-tendered Lindgren after the season, making him a free agent.[17]

Atlanta Braves

On December 4, 2016, Lindgren signed one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, worth roughly $1 million. He missed the entire 2017 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.[18] He underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career on March 29, 2018 and missed a second full season.[19] He elected free agency on November 3, 2018.

Chicago White Sox

On January 5, 2019, Lindgren signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox.[20]


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  2. "Ace reliever Jacob Lindgren's killer instinct pushing Mississippi State to make another deep run". AL.com. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  3. "St. Stanislaus' Jacob Lindgren enjoying dominant season for MSU baseball". gulflive.com. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  4. "Top Yankees Draft Pick Jacob Lindgren Joins RiverDogs – Charleston RiverDogs News". Charleston RiverDogs. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  5. Michael Bonner, The Clarion-Ledger (May 12, 2014). "Jacob Lindgren, Ross Mitchell named Ferriss Finalists". The Clarion Ledger. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  6. "Lindgren and Mitchell Named Finalists For C Spire Ferriss Trophy". HailState.com. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  7. "Jacob Lindgren". HailState.com. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  8. Daniel Barbarisi (March 30, 2015). "Jacob Lindgren Is on the Cusp of the Big Leagues". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  9. "Yankees sign Jacob Lindgren, top pick, for $1.1 million". NJ.com. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  10. "LHP Jacob Lindgren, to Join Tampa Yankees". MILB.com. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  11. "New York Yankees prospect Greg Bird taking flight after joining Trenton Thunder". MILB.com. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  12. "Jacob Lindgren's Yankees arrival: 'Who are you?'". Fox Sports. Associated Press. May 24, 2015. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  13. "Yankees' Jacob Lindgren after being sent down: 'Hopefully I'll be back'". NJ.com. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
  14. "Yankees' reliever Jacob Lindgren to have surgery on elbow". NJ.com. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
  15. "Yankees prospect Jacob Lindgren under microscope early". NJ.com. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  16. "Yankees' Jacob Lindgren to have Tommy John surgery, likely out until 2018". Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  17. "Why Yankees released Jacob Lindgren, 2014 top pick". NJ.com. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  18. "Braves sign reliever Lindgren to 1-year deal". MLB.com. December 4, 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  19. Bowman, Mark (March 29, 2018). "Stewart makes cut as Braves set 25-man roster". MLB.com. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  20. "Jacob Lindgren on Twitter".

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