OF Desmond Lindsay
Out-of-Door Academy (FL)
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Lindsay played well last summer, earning MVP honors at the Perfect Game 17U WWBA, and then helped the EvoShield Canes win the WWBA World Championship last fall. His spring wasn’t as productive, however, as he was limited to just seven games by a hamstring injury. When he’s healthy, Lindsay, a North Carolina commit, offers an enticing combination of power, speed and athleticism. He has fast hands and produces good bat speed, enabling him to drive the ball with ease. His approach is geared toward hitting the ball up the middle or going the other way, sometimes to the detriment of his power, which works best when he turns on the ball. Listed at 6-foot, 200 pounds, Lindsay is well built and is a plus runner. That gives him a chance to play center field, though he doesn’t have much outfield experience and would need time to learn the position. He primarily played third base in high school, but his arm strength is average at best and left him without a clear defensive home. Lindsay has enough offensive potential to play left field or first base, but it would greatly help his profile if he can develop into a capable center fielder.
@Mike_Vorkunov: Tanous says Lindsay missed a month because he pulled a hamstring then came back and hurt it again.
@Mike_Vorkunov: DePodesta says Lindsay may have as much upside as any 2nd round pick Alderson regime has made. (Mazzoni, Matt Reynolds headline that group)
Lindsay, who bats and throws righty, has been listed as an infielder in some places. Tanuos said Lindsay played multiple positions to accommodate travel teams, but is a center fielder.
Tanous said the Mets scouted Lindsay "extensively over the last couple of years." That included Lindsay playing in a showcase hosted by the Mets at Citi Field.
"This is an athlete that probably has a 'plus, plus' run tool for us. He's one of the faster kids in the draft," Tanous said. "Although he's a fairly strong kid, this is a kid that can run, has a lot of versatility."
Said DePodesta: "The last few drafts we kind of looked for offensive players who we thought were hitters first, who had power potential. We think he certainly fits that mold. But then he also has the speed on top of it. Of the players we've taken with our first pick in each of the last four drafts, he is certainly a more dynamic runner than any of those guys that we've taken. But we really like the hitter first."