2010 Cardinals Prospect #3 – Lance Lynn

The organization's reigning Pitcher of the Year is ready to take on Triple-A and more in 2010.

Scout.com Player Profile (including links to full 2009 and career stats)

2009 rank Pos. DOB Ht. Wt. Bat Throw Signed Round
18 RHS 5/12/1987 6-5 250 R R 2008 1s

School: University of Mississippi

Selected 2009 stats

PB 0 0 2.30 5 2 0 15.2 16 4 0 3 17 1.8 0.276
MEM 0 0 2.70 1 1 0 6.2 5 2 0 3 9 1.2 0.2
SPR 11 4 2.92 22 22 0 126.1 117 51 5 51 98 1.1 0.251
Tot 11 4 2.85 28 25 0 148.2 138 57 5 57 124 1.15 0.251

Staff comments (individual rankings in parentheses)

Dustin Mattison (3): In his first full year in professional ball, Lynn made it all the way to Triple-A and was named the organization's Pitcher of the Year.

A big bodied, innings-eater type, he will not blow anyone away with his arsenal but keeps the ball on the ground and lets his defense do the work. His walk rate in 2009 left something to be desired but keep in mind that this was his first full pro season. The 22-year-old possesses good feel of his secondary offerings but none of them are considered strikeout pitches.

Lynn will most likely start the season at Memphis. With his limited repertoire, he will have rely on his command and groundballs to continue to progress. A full season at Triple-A will be most beneficial to the former Ole Miss Rebel. He projects to be a number three starter.

Message board community (5): Lance Lynn clocked in at fifth in the community vote, up from last year's 22nd. He got his first votes at the three-spot. This is just his second year in the pros, and he made his Triple-A debut at just 22 years of age. He made only five appearances at Palm Beach before being promoted to Springfield, where he did most of his work. He posted a snazzy 11-4 record with a 2.92 ERA at Springfield.

Lynn stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 250, the sort of build one loves in a pitcher. Some of our knowledgeable posters emphasized that his mechanics are repeatable, that he knows how to pitch, and that he should have the durability to be an innings-eating middle of the rotation pitcher. His fastball appears to generally be around 88 to 91 mph with the occasional 92 or 93. Given the frame, I wonder if there could be any uptick as he learns the craft a bit more.

A couple of our posters made the interesting comparison of Lynn to Clayton Mortensen, who also reached Double-A in his first full pro year after being drafted. Morty pitched 59.2 IP, 59 H, 6 HR, 3.3 BB/9 IP, 7.2 K/9 IP. Lynn went 126.1 IP, 117 H, 5 HR, 3.6 BB/9 IP, 7 K/9 IP. Lynn allowed fewer home runs, though he walked a bit more and fanned a bit less. And Morty was highly sought after by Oakland. (It's worth nothing that Morty was our community's 15th prospect last year!)

I would expect Lynn to begin the year at Triple-A, and if he has a couple good months, he just might be the guy who would get the call if the Cardinals need an extra starter. - Gagliano

Brian Walton (3): Not yet required to be placed onto the 40-man roster, Lynn will need to pitch well in his first extended duty with Memphis before having even a chance to edge his way onto the I-55 shuttle between there and St. Louis. He certainly has the capability to do so and showed it in a one-game emergency start at the end of 2009 before earning our The Cardinal Nation Starting Pitcher of the Year award.

Lynn has command of four pitches and despite not having that "put ‘em away" fastball, he may just may shove his way into the big league picture before the season is out. As his Springfield manager Ron "Pop" Warner calls him, Lynn is a true "workhorse". It may not be too sexy, but he gets the job done.

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