MSU Signee Jacob Lindgren Update

Left-handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren signed with Mississippi State then was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the June Major League Baseball Draft. Lingren faces a question that many in a similar situation must decide. Go to college or make the leap to the professional ranks? Here is the update on where he stands at this point of the summer.

In June, Lindgren, a Mississippi State signee, learned that he had been taken in the 12th round by the Chicago Cubs. The left-handed pitcher from St. Stanislaus High School has been busy playing this summer and improving his game for the next level, regardless of the decision he makes.

"I have been playing a whole lot of baseball this summer, with the Marrucci Elite," he said. "We just had our last tournament this past weekend so I am done for the rest of the summer. Now I am just going to rest up and stay in shape and keep my arm strong."

Lindgren is still in negotiations with the Cubs but they seemed to have cooled off a bit. And he makes it clear that he is leaning toward playing college ball.

"They made an offer, but nothing is finalized yet," he informed us. "I feel that most likely I am going to end up going to Mississippi State."

What is it about the Bulldog program that has such a pull for the talented young lefty?

"Mississippi State has always had a great baseball program and I like that a lot," he said. "They are in the best conference in baseball and that is a pretty good thing that really attracts me. The coaching staff is great; I really like (pitching) Coach (Butch) Thompson a lot. Also, we are young but are going to be very talented."

Lindgren is not sure of his role, but he knows what it takes to be a good teammate.

"I don't care how I'll be used next year, if they want me to start or be a reliever, I'll do whatever they want if it can help the team," he said.

He pointed to the facilities as being a big factor in his decision to commit to MSU.

"I love the facilities, they are awesome," he said. "I love the Palmeiro Center, the weight room, and the academic center is great and brand new."

Hearing about Lindgren's strengths is reason to be excited about watching him play at Dudy Noble next year.

"One big thing is that I am a left-handed pitcher and there are not a lot of them," he said. "My off-speed stuff is pretty good, and as my strength improves my velocity is only going to get better. Mississippi State has a great weight program and I know I am going to get bigger and better under them."

We'll keep a close eye on Jacob Lindgren as he makes his final decision, but from hearing him talk, expect to see him in Maroon and White next season.

Drew White is a recruiting writer for the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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