Probably the second most talented position player in the system after Amed Rosario, the outfielder Lindsay goes from the Mets fans stating “who?” at his draft, to “holy crap!”. We’ve got something here, a possible four/five-tool talent if healthy…
— Brooklyn Cyclones (@BKCyclones) August 25, 2016
That was so satisfying to watch….Got your attention?
R/R, 6’0″ 200 LBS, 1/15/1997 (20), 2015, Round 2, 53rd Pick out of Out-Of-Door Academy, Sarasota, FL
Desmond Lindsay is intriguing to say the least. As I declared at the top, and I meant it, Lindsay is likely to be the second most talented position player in the Mets system, and there’s plenty of reason why. He’s athletic, fast, has a great bat, and is very very smart. Here’s the cherry on top, his grandmother Gerri who he grew up with, is originally from Connecticut, is a big Mets fan. She passed that to her grandson. These stories are always a fan favorite, and warm our hearts to actually have a player growing up rooting for the team.
When drafted 53rd overall by the Mets in 2015, a lot of people were asking “Who?” Who is this kid? Why was he unknown? Turns out he was supposed to be a first round talent in this draft but slipped due to injury concerns. Lindsay was playing first base and third in high school because of hamstring issues, but had the capability to play anywhere on the diamond due to his premium athleticism. The Mets decided to take advantage of that and put Lindsay in center field, which he had not played before.
He came into the fold on June 18th, 2015, but didn’t play much until July 24th because his hamstring was still giving him trouble, but when he did, he showed how good he was with a .304/.400/.464 line in 21 games and a 13.6% BB rate, but striking out almost 26% of the time. They promoted him to Brooklyn, where he didn’t do so well in 14 games with a .200/.308/.267 batting line and struck out in nearly 36% of his plate appearances. However to scouts, they felt he was at the right level, and even walked at a pretty nice rate of 13.2% I have to say, I’d have to attribute his high strikeout rate to his hamstring issues.
Lindsay came into the next year waiting to fill us with intrigue but was met with setbacks. In spring training, I had no doubt Lindsay was going to be the starting centerfielder for the inaugural season of the Columbia Fireflies but yet again, bad luck hit as he was hit twice in the head by pitches in one week and suffered a concussion. After that, he had more hamstring issues, and instead Ivan Wilson took his place in Columbia as the starting CF followed by Emmanuel Zabala. Instead, Lindsay took to Brooklyn as best he could, but he could still not shake the Hammy.
He started late into the season, with 5 games at Gulf Coast League before transferring to Brooklyn on 7/23 and homering in his second at bat. When he was healthy, he played pretty well, hitting .297/.418/.450 with four homers and a 14.9% BB Rate and a 19.4% strikeout rate. While his legs weren’t completely there, Lindsay showed an improving center field with good routes. By the way, did I mention that he was two years younger than the average competition? That’s impressive!
One of his most impressive games came on August 12th, where he fell a triple short of the cycle and drove in seven. He did it with Jose Reyes, one of his favorite players growing up, in the lineup at third, and even drove him in twice during the game with both his homer in the second inning, and double in the seventh inning.
So let’s go to the scouting report… Lindsay is raw in Center, just learning over the last year his jumps and routes and improving exponentially. As for his speed, when healthy, he is a plus runner, but he hasn’t been at full speed at all since turning pro. At his best, he could steal 20 or more bases. His arm is debated with some saying below average, while others saying above.
His offense, however is very interesting. Already with no more physical projection, Lindsay is oozing with talent as a player. Armed with plus bat speed from the right side coming from some real torque from his hips, Lindsay can just hit, and hit for some power as evidenced with that loooong pull shot above. Possibly in the near future with some health, Lindsay could hit in the mid teens or even early 20’s in home runs. Furthermore, Lindsay has been a monster with plate discipline, especially at drawing walks, with a .401 OBP in the minors, and a 15.1% BB rate.
Add those skills up and you have something very interesting that you need to keep your eyes on.
Things to watch:
- His health. He’s had a concussion, and several hamstring injuries that have seriously given him setbacks in moving forward throughout the minor leagues.
- His splits: I hadn’t taken them into account until I looked myself, but Lindsay dominated lefties in the New York-Penn League, but held a .259/.388/.383 slash versus same-side pitching. With righty bats, you always want to make sure they aren’t short-side platoons, even with reports like these.
- Reports on his CF play. That’s pretty important.
Lindsay will most certainly play in Columbia before moving up to St. Lucie if he stays healthy. This guy is someone to watch in the following season of A-Ball. Shoutout to Robin Lindsay, apologies for the mixup.
(Photo Credit: Michael Baron)
- An interview with Desmond Lindsay
- Chris Ruppert also profiled Lindsay recently for Metsmerized Online.
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