Jake Lindgren named first-team All-American by Perfect Game

STARKVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Jake Lindgren was drafted 55th overall by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft and signed a one-million dollar deal last week with the American League team.

The honors keep coming in for the former Mississippi State standout.  On Tuesday Lindgren was named first-team All-American by Perfect Game, the national scouting service.

He earned first-team honors by Baseball America and second-team from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Lindgren led the Southeastern Conference with a 0.55 ERA in league games.  SEC opponents batted only .114 against the lefty, he gave up only 13 hits, the fewest runs allowed (4) and the fewest earned runs allowed (2).

He led the nation with 16.3 strikeouts per nine innings and ranked first among all relievers nationally with 100 total strikeouts.

John Hart of the MLB Network said on draft night,"Scouts love this guy. The Yankees made a good pick. Because, why wait? Why take a projection guy who will get there in three or four years? This guy will get up there in a hurry."

Cincinnati Reds Broadcaster and former MLB All-Star, Jeff Brantley said,"Yanks can use that paralyzing slide he possesses in their bullpen right now."

This is what Mike Axisa, CBS Sports Eye on Baseball said,"Lindgren might be better than current Yankees reliever Matt Thornton right now. Not joking at all."

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