Lindgren Named 2014 Stopper of the Year Award Finalist

STARKVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi State junior left handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren, a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection voted by the league's 14 head coaches.  He's also a semifinalist for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award for college baseball's breakout player of the year.

Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson said,"Jacob put together one of the best seasons by any relief pitcher in college baseball this year. He is a deserving candidate both on and off the field and we are extremely proud to say he is a Mississippi State baseball player."

Lindgren, a Bay St. Louis native who helped St. Stanislaus claim a state baseball championship, is expected to be selected in the first few rounds of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft, which gets underway Thursday night.

Lindgren posted a 6-1 record this season in 26 appearances, a team low 0.81 ERA, an opponent batting average of 1.24 and led the nation with 16.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

He also led all relievers in the nation with 100 total strikeouts.

In his three-year career at Mississippi State, Lindgren racked-up a 12-6 overall record with 189 strikeouts and a 2.64 ERA.

This year's recipient for Stopper of the Year will be announced June 14 at a news conference at TD Ameritrade Park at 10 a.m. CT.   Gulfport's Jonathan Holder of Mississippi State was a finalist last season.

Jake's dad, Steve, told WLOX that his son has been contacted by 30 teams and that 10 teams called him Thursday morning prior to the MLB Draft.

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