-Pitcher Jacob Lindgren called up to Yankees only a year removed from college
Pitcher Jacob Lindgren called up to Yankees only a year removed from college | NJ.com NEW YORK — A year ago Yankees' left-hander Jacob Lindgren was pitching in the NCAA tournament for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, finishing off a first-team All-American season after starring in Starkville for three years.Fast-forward 12 months and Lindgren was standing in the Yankees' clubhouse with his own locker, sandwiched between catcher John Ryan Murphy and first baseman Mark Teixeira. "It's been a crazy ride," Lindgren said before the Yankees-Rangers game on Sunday of his last year.The Yankees called up Lindgren Sunday to the big league club to help an over-worked bullpen. The 22-year-old has starred at Triple-A this season; in 22 innings he has a 1.23 ERA and many feel he is in the Bronx to stay. His stuff is that good."You're not going to see people square the ball up on him," Girardi said. "It's pretty impressive Chris Mueller Jersey."Lindgren was drafted last June in the second round and given a $1.1 million signing bonus. Lindgren's ascent has been quick and while he said it is not totally surprising, he had to earn his way to the big league club."Them picking a reliever kind of high, I guess there's always that chance [of being called-up]," he said. "But I kind of had to pitch my game and show them what I could do. I guess they thought it was good enough to bring me up."Lindgren came to New York late Saturday night and he said it was his first time in the city http://www.thesportfansshop.com/lee-stempniak-jersey-c-1593_2462_2492.html. Lindgren's hometown is Bay St. Louis, MS. He said he had a little trouble getting into the clubhouse when he arrived to Yankee Stadium on Sunday."Hey I'm Jacob Lindgren I got called up today," he said he had to tell someone on the phone to let him in. Girardi's first time seeing Lindgren was in spring training and said he was most impressed by the amount of ground balls he is able to induce from hitters. "If you're not used to him, it's kind of uncomfortable because the ball moves late," Girardi said http://www.thesportfansshop.com/gary-carter-jersey-c-3016_3654_3673.html.Since May 15 Yankee relievers have thrown 26.1 innings (sixth-most in American League) and have by far the worst ERA: 7.52. Lindgren should help with that."I feel like every day I'm getting better and better," Lindgren said. "That's what I always try to do is just get better each day."Girardi said the most important part for young players is to be able to accept failure and have a short memory. That, he said, often separates players -- even if they have the talent -- from becoming big leaguers and scuffling in the minors. "That, to me, is the only way you advance in a quick way," Girardi said of failing. "You're going to have some failure in the minor leagues, but you have to be able to say 'OK, that was one day', and let it go."Ironically, Lindgren hasn't had much failure yet. He said he is just happy to be here and ready to pitch. "Whenever they call my name, I'll be excited," he said. "I just want to prove myself to them and show them what I could do."Ryan Hatch may be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanhatch. Find NJ.com on Facebook.