Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Rays 2nd Round Pick - 89th Overall: Lenny Linsky

Sinker/slider-type relief pitcher from University of Hawaii.

BaseballAmerica (rated #81 overall):

Linsky was a decent prospect coming out of high school—though he wasn't drafted—but he has blossomed at Hawaii. He has improved each year and was nearly unhittable this spring, helping the Rainbows finish first in the Western Athletic Conference for the first time since 1992. His fastball has incredible sink, even at 92-94 mph, and he can run it up to 96 from a low three-quarters arm slot. Hitters frequently swing over his fastball, and he has a dominating slider that can get as high as 89 mph. One scout joked that hitters need a shovel if they want to elevate the ball against Linsky. He allowed just three extra-base hits during the regular season—all doubles. Earlier in the season, he was flying open and getting under his pitches, but a few mechanical adjustments fixed that problem and he was better the second half. Linsky has a durable frame at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds and a closer's mentality. He could go as high as the sandwich round and should move quickly through the minor leagues.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like the second coming of Shawn Camp?