Lindgren, a Biloxi native and former Mississippi State University standout, wrote on his Twitter page immediately after changing organizations: “I have signed with the Braves. Most kids in the ’Sip grew up doing the chop. I am blessed to live a dream.”
But that dream took another unwanted detour this spring, and he had his second Tommy John surgery without ever pitching in a game since the first surgery, and now he’s expected to miss a second consecutive entire season recovering. The Braves could control him contractually for up to four more seasons after 2018 before he’s eligible for free agency.
Before his elbow woes, Lindgren featured a mid-90s fastball and a wipeout slider that was his best pitch. He had a 1.84 ERA and 85 strikeouts, 32 walks and no home runs allowed in 54 innings over 40 minor league appearances.
Lindgren had a 5.14 ERA in seven major league appearances in 2015 with eight strikeouts, four walks and three homers in seven innings, before season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow.