Jacob Lindgren, the New York Yankees’ top selection, is ready for whatever pitching role his new organization has in store.
The Yankees took Lindgren out of Mississippi State in the second round with the 55th overall pick Thursday night.
New York hasn’t told Lindgren whether they project the 5-foot-11, 203-pound pitcher from Bay St. Louis as a starter or reliever.
“It’s hard to make the big league club,” Lindgren said. “I’m sure the Yankees will do a good job monitoring” progress at each level to see where he fits best.
Lindgren was a talented high-school pitcher taken in the 12th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft by the Chicago Cubs, yet chose college ball over the pros.
He worked mostly in relief his freshman year before earning a spot in the Bulldogs’ rotation to start his sophomore season. Lindgren, though, was inconsistent and Mississippi State coaches moved him back to the bullpen where he said something finally clicked.
Lindgren became more aggressive in late-inning situations, he said, and that helped the speed on his fastball improve from the upper 80s-lower 90s to mid-90s this season.
Lindgren’s selection carries a slot bonus value of $1,018,700. He doesn’t expect holdups in reaching a deal and hopes to get that wrapped up as quickly as possible and begin helping the Yankees win games.