The Cardinals promoted the 2008 supplemental first round pick to Double-A Springfield at the beginning of the month after Lynn had made five appearances for the Class-A advanced, Palm Beach ballclub. In 15.2 innings for Palm Beach the big right-hander posted an ERA of 2.30 while striking out 17 compared and walking only three.
At Springfield this past month, Lynn made five starts, pitching a total of 28.1 innings, striking out 23 batters while walking only seven. Promoted to fill the roster spot of the disabled Elvis Hernandez, Lynn has quickly become a key member of the Springfield Cardinal's rotation, averaging more than five innings per start.
Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first compensation round (39th overall) of the 2008 First Year Player Draft, out of the University of Mississippi, Lynn was previously a sixth-round draft pick by the Seattle Mariners in 2005, but declined to sign and elected to attend Ole Miss instead.
Lynn had a very successful three-year stint with Old Miss, posting a career 22-12 record with a 3.95 ERA and 332 strikeouts to leave as the school's all-time record holder of single-season (146 in 2007) and career strikeouts, while finishing tied for fifth in career wins.
Look for the Old Miss Rebel's stock to continue to rise and perhaps another promotion later this season, as he takes home the Birdhouse "Pitcher of the Month" honors for the month of May.