Nearly four hours after the Houston Astros selected Brady Aiken with the first overall pick in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Yankees finally made their first selection after giving up their first round pick to the Atlanta Braves as compensation for signing Brian McCann over the winter.
And with the 55th overall pick (second round), the Yankees took left-handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren out of Mississippi.
In case you forgot, the Yankees did not have a first round pick because of the draft pick compensation players they signed during the offseason, giving Atlanta a pick for McCann, one to the Boston Red Sox for Jacoby Ellsbury, and a third to the St. Louis Cardinals for Carlos Beltran.
Lindgren was regarded by some as the best relief pitcher in the entire draft after converting to a pitcher last season, and could actually help the Yankees near the end of the season if they feel the need to rush him that way. If not, he could move through the Yankees' system and be ready to contribute at some point next season.
The 21-year-old Lindgren is said to be a mid-90's guy with his fastball, and compliments that would one of the best sliders in this draft.
Accordign to MLB.com's Jim Callis, Lindgren could possible be the first player from this draft to reach the big leagues this season. Let's hope that's true.
I really like this pick. Considering how long they had to wait before getting a chance to make their first pick, I think the Yankees did a good job with this, and got themselves a pretty good pitcher, who I hope to see in the big leagues soon.