Lindgren Makes It Official

Left-handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren has made his decision to play college baseball at Mississippi State. The talented prospect, who was drafted in the 12th round by the Chicago Cubs in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft this past June, took a few minutes to talk about his future with the program and why he decided to go the college route over pro ball.

The St. Stanislaus High School graduate had two good options in front of him. He could elect to make the jump to the pro ranks with the Chicago Cubs, or stay in state and get his education while playing ball at Mississippi State.

He decided on the latter.

"There is nothing like the college experience," he said. "Mississippi State is on the rise right now, and I have a feeling that we are going to win a College World Series. I want to be a part of that and help get us there."

Jacob Lindgren made his final decision two days ago, and called Coach Cohen and Thompson and let them know. Both coaches were excited to hear the good news for their program.

His decision is not all baseball related. Lindgren knows at Mississippi State it will be about much more than just playing baseball for him and it was too good of a situation for him to pass up.

"I can't wait to get the entire college experience like going to football games, that can be pretty crazy," he added. "I want to get my education, which has always been very important to me and my family."

Lindgren is still undecided about his major at this point.

Looking ahead, he is happy to be brought in with a top notch class and players he has played with and against for quite some time.

"I think it is a great group of guys that are coming in," he said. "There is some great athletes, and though we'll be young, we are going to be really good."

He is happy to have this decision behind him.

"I am definitely very relieved right now," he said. "It is just great to have this decision made (because) it has really been weighing on me the past several months. Now I can just relax and get ready for college. It feels really good."

The lefty hopes working with the Mississippi State coaches will help him continue to develop as a pitcher.

"I probably will say my command is one thing I need to work on," he said. "I can always get better with my command, and as a left-handed pitcher I know if I can spot my pitches I can come in and be successful 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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