Mississippi State junior left-handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren has been named to the watch list for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award, given annually to college baseball’s breakout player of the year. College Baseball Lineup released the list Tuesday for the honor named after former Auburn pitcher Gregg Olson.
After lowering his Southeastern Conference ERA from 5.20 in 2013 to a league-low 0.60 this season, the southpaw has used 2014 to almost match his career strikeout total (89) entering this season. Lindgren leads all relief pitchers nationally with 82 K’s and leads the country overall with 16.8 strikeouts per nine innings.
Following a January ranking of 138, Perfect Game named Lindgren the 45th-best prospect in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft this past Monday. In addition, the lefty Monday was named a finalist for the C Spire Ferriss Trophy, given to the top collegiate player in the state of Mississippi. Tuesday, MLB named him the 41st-best prospect in this June's draft, saying it's "unlikely that he'll last past the second round of the Draft."
Also a candidate for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, Lindgren leads the team with a 1.02 ERA and a .125 opponent batting average, while owning a 4-1 record on the season. In SEC games only, the lefty ranks first in the SEC in ERA (0.60), opponent batting average (.115), fewest hits allowed (12), fewest runs allowed (4) and fewest earned runs allowed (2).
The Bay St. Louis, Miss., native is currently riding a streak of 14.1-consecutive innings without an earned run allowed, including 5.1 innings of shutout relief Sunday in a 4-3 victory against Tennessee.
Lindgren tied a career-high in relief with eight strikeouts and no walks in his fourth victory of the season.
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