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5/25/1985 (31 y, 9 m)
2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 4, Overall: 4, Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
$0.5M / 1 Years (2014)
Lincoln has signed a minor league deal with the Pirates. (11/18/2014)
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The fourth-overall pick in the 2006 MLB draft showed fine touch in the minors, but he got pummeled in his first big-league stint. Lincon whiffed eight batters per nine innings, walked 2.3 per nine and posted a 3.65 FIP in 94 frames at the Triple-A level. In the Majors, however, Lincoln was lashed for a 5.49 FIP in 52.2 IP. Making nine starts and two relief appearances, Lincoln just couldn't miss any wood. Getting swinging strikes 6% of the time (8.5% MLB average), he struck out 4.27 hitters per nine. And while he rarely got in trouble with walks (2.56 BB/9), Lincoln got taken deep frequently. He served up 1.54 dingers per nine innings, and it wasn't really bad luck. Lincoln became a fly-ball pitcher as he climbed the minors, and he burned worms just 37.2% of the time with the Pirates. His 11% HR/FB ratio was right around the league average. Fifty-some innings aren't nearly enough to make a definitive judgment on a pitcher. But as a guy who figures to have an average-at-best K rate and plenty of pitches lofted against him, Lincoln's upside is limited. (David Golebiewski)
The Quick Opinion:
Draft pedigree aside, Lincoln's no future ace. He'll hope to carve out a role at the middle- to back-end of the Bucs' rotation, but he's only an option in NL-only formats.
Lincoln’s season got off to an ominous start –- he took a line drive to his forearm off Jimmy Rollins’ bat in Spring Training –- but he came back to pitch well at Triple-A Indianapolis and finish the season in the Pirates’ starting rotation. The fourth overall pick in the ’06 draft had a superb 94-to-21 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 3.02 FIP in the minors, and he at least held his own in Pittsburgh after a Bullington-esque debut in 2010. Lincoln had 5.5 strikeouts per nine, 3 walks per nine, 0.8 home runs per nine and a 4.03 FIP in a little less than 50 MLB frames. He’s not going to overpower hitters with a fastball that parks at 91-92 MPH and an average curveball and changeup, though happily he kept his pitches down and increased his ground-ball rate from 37 percent to 52 percent. With Charlie Morton recovering from hip surgery, a spot at the back end of the Bucs’ rotation is Lincoln’s if he avoids getting Charlie Brown’d again this spring. (David Golebiewski)
The Quick Opinion:
The 26-year-old righty has a low ceiling and won’t get many strikeouts, but he throws strikes and shouldn’t have home run issues pitching lower in the zone in power-crimping PNC Park. Best-case scenario, think Tim Stauffer.
Brad Lincoln began the 2012 season in the Pirates bullpen. He made a few starts for the Pirates -- five, if we’re being precise -- before settling in the bullpen for good. Then he pitched well in relief for a bit. In late July, he was traded to Toronto, but left his success in Pittsburgh. Lincoln’s strikeout rate spiked last season, up to 9.00 from 5.48 in 2011, and 4.27 in 2010; he found extra gas on his fastball and curveball. In homer-happy Toronto, though, Lincoln was victimized by the home run, allowing six in 28.2 innings in the American League, as opposed to only eight in 59.1 innings in Pittsburgh. Acquired as a power arm for the Blue Jays bullpen, Lincoln’s future is in flux: reports out of Toronto are that, thanks to a crowded Toronto bullpen, he’ll be stretched out in spring straining, in order to become the Blue Jays’ seventh starter, should the team need him. (If Toronto’s 2013 season is anything like 2012, they’ll need him.) That makes it possible that he starts the season in Triple-A Buffalo as a starting pitcher if he fails to make it north to Toronto as a reliever, which, let’s face it, means he’s of no fantasy value to you, me, or any one of us. But if things change -- the best laid plans often go awry, and all that -- and Lincoln does find himself in the Toronto bullpen, and he keeps his velocity up, he can provide some strikeouts, provided he keeps the baseball in the yard. I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right: a lot has to go right in order for Lincoln to contribute to your fantasy team. But crazier things have happened. Or so I’ve been told. (Navin Vaswani)
The Quick Opinion:
Brad Lincoln found himself a home in the Pirates bullpen in 2012, but a trade to Toronto didn’t see his results translate to the American League. Thanks to a strikeout rate that spiked, and new-found velocity, Lincoln has an intriguing arm -- who doesn’t love strikeouts? But his future is in flux, with the Blue Jays reportedly set to stretch him out to become their seventh starter, should they need one.
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