Jacob Stephen Lindgren
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 11", Weight 205 lb.
- School Mississippi State University
- High School Saint Stanislaus College
- Debut May 25, 2015
Pitcher Jacob Lindgren was the 55th overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft, selected by the New York Yankees in the 2nd round out of Mississippi State University. He had earlier been drafted when he graduated from high school, by the Chicago Cubs in the 12th round of the 2011 draft, but chose to attend college instead. In 2014, he signed for a bonus of $1.1 million.
Lindgren made a quick rise through the professional ranks. He played for four teams in 2014, starting with the GCL Yankees 1 and ending up with the AA Trenton Thunder while also touching base with the Charleston RiverDogs and Tampa Yankees. Used strictly as a reliever, he pitched 19 times in all, with a 2-1 record and a 2.19 ERA and 1 save. In 24 2/3 innings, he struck out 48 and walked 13. Those abundant K's earned him the nickname "The Strikeout Factory". In 2015, after attending spring training with the major league team, he started the year with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, where he made 15 appearances, going 1-1, 1.53 with 29 strikeouts in 22 innings before getting the call to the Show. He was the third player from the 2014 draft to make it to the majors, following Brandon Finnegan and Carlos Rodon, who had both been first-rounders.
The Yankees were in the middle of their worst losing streak in twenty years - 10 losses in 11 games - when Lindgren got the call to New Yankee Stadium in May of 2015. It was his first time in New York, NY and the team had forgotten to give him instructions on how to reach the clubhouse, so he was left to knock on a closed door before a security camera spotted him and a guard established his identity and eventually let him in. He made his debut on May 25th in relaxed circumstances, as the Yankees had a 14-1 lead over the Kansas City Royals when he came in in relief of Nathan Eovaldi in the top of the 8th. He pitched a couple of scoreless innings, walking a pair of batters but not giving up a hit while striking out 3 opponents, to finish the win.