The road to the show has to begin somewhere and for many hopefuls, the road begins here. Tonight will be the first night of the 2014 MLB Draft, and it will be interesting to see who the Yankees will pick to wear the coveted pinstripes.
I’ll update this post periodically throughout the night with who the Yankees picked in the first few rounds of the draft. It’s worth mentioning they had lost three picks in the offseason when they signed Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran due to draft pick compensations attached to their name, giving their picks to the Red Sox, Braves and Cardinals respectively. If you want to view the draft, you can watch it on MLB Network or there’s a live stream on MLB.com. In the meantime, stay tuned and sit back. It’s going to be a long exciting night.
With the 55th overall pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft, the New York Yankees have selected LHP Jacob Lindgren from Mississippi State. According to AtBat, here is Lindgren’s Scouting Report.
His best pitch is a wipeout slider that arrives at 82-84 MPH with a late bite. His fastball has jumped from 87-91 MPH as a starter to 91-95 MPH as a reliever. Because Lindgren has a sinking changeup and throws strikes, a pro team could be tempted to develop him as a starter. But his stuff plays up as a reliever, and he could reach the Majors very quickly in that role. He has closer upside.