Yankees take Lindgren in 2nd round

Jacob Lindgren was selected 55th overall by the New York Yankees. (Lee Adams/ Special to the Daily Journal)

Jacob Lindgren was selected 55th overall by the New York Yankees. (Lee Adams/ Special to the Daily Journal)

Jacob Lindgren became the first Mississippi State player picked in the 2014 MLB Draft.

The junior southpaw pitcher was selected in the second round (55th overall) by the New York Yankees Thursday night.

“I am humbled and grateful to be drafted by the New York Yankees,” Lindgren said in a statement. “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.”

In 26 relief appearances this season, Lindgren went 6-1 with three saves. The Bay St. Louis native led the Diamond Dogs with 100 strikeouts and sported a team-low 0.88 earned run average. He averaged 16.3 strikeouts per nine inning which was the best percentage in the country.

Lindgren’s selection marks the third straight year an MSU player has been selected on the first day of the draft joining first round selections Chris Stratton (2012) and Hunter Renfroe (2013).

In three seasons with the Bulldogs, Lindgren has gone 12-6 with a 2.64 ERA and 189 strikeouts. He was a 12th round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs out of St. Stanislaus High School in 2011.

Lindgren has until July 18 to sign with the Yankees or return for his senior season in Starkville.

Catcher signee Chase Vallot was also taken 40th overall Thursday evening by the Kansas City Royals.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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