Cards Take Ole Miss All-Time Strikeout Leader

With the 39th overall pick in the 2008 First Year Player Draft, the St. Louis Cardinals selected Lance Lynn, a right-handed pitcher out of the University of Mississippi. Like their first pick of the day, Brett Wallace, Lynn is a big body player. Comparisons have been made to the Chicago White Sox Bobby Jenks. The Mississippi media guide lists him at 6-5 and 250 pounds.

Lynn uses both a four seem and two seem fastball that features heavy sink. Some scouts like is slider while other reports seem to favor his 12-to-6 curveball. Most scouts report that his changeup is said to be a work in progress. But this pick was made due to his very good track record.

Lynn is the Ole Miss all-time leader in strikeouts with 313 and the only pitcher in the school's history with over 300 strikeouts.

As the Friday night starter on a talented Ole Miss pitching squad, Lynn posted a record of 7-4 with a 4.52 ERA. In 89.2 innings, he struck out 110 hitters while allowing only 31 walks. During his junior season he posted wins over top programs such as Mississippi State, Arkansas, and the hottest team in the country, Louisiana State. For the second time in two seasons, Lynn was named to the All-SEC second team.

Last summer, Lynn pitched for the U.S. National Team, striking out 26 batters in 25 innings and compiling a 2-1,1.80 mark in four starts

In 2007, he was named second team All-SEC after finishing fourth in the conference with a 2.85 ERA, third in batting average against, .209, and while striking out a school record 146 batters. Named MVP of the Oxford Regional after pitching two complete game shutouts.

After being named the 2005 Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year, he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the sixth round of that year's draft. When the team did not meet his bonus demands, he opted for the SEC.

Lynn went 16-0 with two saves and a 0.71 ERA in his senior year.

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