Before the Winter meetings started yesterday at 6:00pm in Washington, the Atlanta Braves front office was already signing players. The Braves have signed former starting pitcher Jacob Lindgren to a year one contract. The details of the contract have not been released.
The Braves continue to look for pitching prospects that can help solidify their already impressive bullpen. The Braves have their closer in Jim Johnson already signed, however handing Johnson the ball in the 9th inning is not a guaranteed victory. After watching some of the great closer in Braves’ history like John Smoltz and Craig Kimbrell, this is no such thing as a closer never allowing a run. Lindgren can help relieve the tension in the stands and those of us watching the Braves on television.
Jacob Lindgren is a former 2nd round draft pick in the 2014 MLB draft. He was drafted by the New York Yankees and he pitched for the Yankees organization before having season ending surgery in 2015. He is a great relief pitcher with a great slider and curve ball. Because has a great fastball to keep the batter’s guessing if it will be an off speed pitch or a fastball coming next. Lindgren did undergo Tommy John’s surgery in August of 2016. The Yankees did not offer Lindgren a contract before the arbitration deadline.
Lindgren was born on March 12, 1992 in Biloxi, Mississippi. His high school was St. Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis, MS. He attended college at Mississippi State University. He caught the eye of the Chicago Cubs in 2012 and was drafted originally by the Cubs. He decided to pitch at MSU instead. Lindgren does have major league pitching experience throwing in the 2016 Spring Training for the Yankees. He can be another great signing by John Hart and John Coppollo. Let the Winter meetings begin! GO BRAVES!!!!!