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Former South Mississippi ace signs with Atlanta Braves

Former New York Yankees relief pitcher Jacob Lindgren underwent Tommy John surgery Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, an injury that likely will sideline him until the 2018 season. On Sunday, the former St. Stanislaus and Mississippi State left-hander announced on Twitter he had signed with the Atlanta Braves.
Former New York Yankees relief pitcher Jacob Lindgren underwent Tommy John surgery Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, an injury that likely will sideline him until the 2018 season. On Sunday, the former St. Stanislaus and Mississippi State left-hander announced on Twitter he had signed with the Atlanta Braves. AP

Former St. Stanislaus ace and Mississippi State workhorse Jacob Lindgren signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, the team announced.

“I am excited to announce I have signed with the Braves. Most kids in the 'Sip grew up doing the chop. I am blessed to live a dream,” Lindgren tweeted. “... I want to thank the Yankees for bringing me into pro ball. They're a first-class organization, and I appreciate the opportunity they gave me.”

Lindgren, 23, later encouraged MSU baseball fans to make their way over to Atlanta to see the Braves in their new ballpark.

Lindgren climbed the ranks through the New York Yankees’ farm system and made his MLB debut in 2015, posting a 5.14 ERA with eight strikeouts in seven innings.

Signing the former Coast left-hander is likely a long-term play for the rebuilding Braves.

After missing most of the 2016 season because of bone spurs in his elbow, Lindgren underwent Tommy John surgery in August and will likely be out all of the 2017 season, according to reports.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s David O’Brien, Lindgren was non-tendered by the Yankees, making him a free agent.

Drafted by the Yankees in the second round of the 2014 draft, Lindgren shot through the minor league system as a reliever.

In 40 minor league games, Lindgren posted a 4-2 record with five saves, 1.84 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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