Josh Lindblom

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Josh Lindblom
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Lindblom with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011.
Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 47
Born: (1987-06-15) June 15, 1987 (age 29)
Lafayette, Indiana
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: June 1, 2011, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
KBO: March 31, 2015, for the Lotte Giants
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 5–8
Earned run average 3.82
Strikeouts 121
KBO statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 19–20
Earned run average 4.34
Strikeouts 284

Joshua William Lindblom (born June 15, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics, and in KBO League for the Lotte Giants.


Amateur and minor league career[edit]

Lindblom attended high school at Harrison High School. He was drafted in the third round of the 2005 MLB draft by the Houston Astros after being listed by Baseball America as the top prospect in the state of Indiana. He was 8–2 as a High School senior with a 2.30 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 76 innings. Rather than sign with the Astros, Lindblom chose to attend the University of Tennessee.[1]

After one season with the Tennessee Volunteers, Lindblom transferred to Purdue University for the 2007 season.[2] He was a starter with Tennessee, but became the closer for Purdue in 2007–2008. Lindblom was listed as being among the 75 top college baseball players by USA Baseball.[3][4]

He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2nd round of the 2008 MLB draft and made his professional baseball debut that same year with the Single-A Great Lakes Loons in the Midwest League.[5] He started eight games for the Loons, finishing 0–0 with a 1.86 ERA in 29 innings worked. He struck out 33 batters, while walking only 4. He got a late season call-up to the AA Jacksonville Suns, where he made one start.

In 2009, he pitched in several spring training games for the Major League Dodgers and there was some speculation that he could even make the big league club to start the season.[6] However, he was instead assigned to start the year with the Dodgers new AA affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts. He made 14 appearances for the Lookouts, including 11 starts and had a record of 3–5 and an ERA of 4.71 when he was promoted to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes. With the Isotopes, Lindblom made 3 starts and then was transferred to the bullpen. He had a 2.54 ERA in 20 games and was 3–0.

In 2010, he spent the entire season with Albuquerque. He made 10 starts with the Isotopes, before they decided to return him to being a relief pitcher. He finished the season 3–2 with a 6.54 ERA in 40 appearances. He was demoted to Chattanooga in 2011, where he started the season with seven saves and a 2.96 ERA in 19 games.

Major Leagues[edit]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On May 29, 2011, he was called up to the Dodgers. He made his Major League debut in relief on June 1, 2011 against the Colorado Rockies, allowing two hits in a scoreless seventh inning during a 3–0 Dodgers loss. On August 12, 2011, he won his first game, pitching a scoreless tenth inning against the Houston Astros in a game the Dodgers won 1–0 in the bottom of that inning. He pitched in 29.2 innings for the Dodgers in 2011, with a 2.73 ERA and 28 strikeouts.

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

On July 31, 2012, Lindblom was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies along with prospect Ethan Martin for outfielder Shane Victorino.[7] He appeared in 26 games for the Phillies, with a 1-3 record and 4.63 ERA.

Texas Rangers[edit]

The Texas Rangers acquired Lindblom and minor league pitching prospect Lisalverto Bonilla on December 9, 2012 from the Philadelphia Phillies, in exchange for Michael Young.[8] Lindblom was called up on May 20 when Derek Lowe was designated for assignment, and optioned back to the Triple-A Round Rock Express on May 21. He was recalled again on June 9.[9]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On December 3, 2013, Lindblom, along with outfielder Craig Gentry, was traded to the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Michael Choice and infielder Chris Bostick.[10] He was designated for assignment on November 28, 2014.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed Lindblom off waivers on December 8, 2014.[11]

Lotte Giants[edit]

On December 15, 2014, he signed with the Lotte Giants of the KBO League.[12]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On December 16, 2016, Lindblom signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates that included an invitation to spring training.[13]

Pitching style[edit]

Lindblom relies chiefly on four-seam and two-seam fastballs (90–94 mph) and a mid-80s slider, although he also occasionally throws a curveball and a changeup.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Lindblom's daughter, Monroe, was born with a congenital heart defect that has required surgery.[15] Lindblom is a devoted Christian and attended Dream Center while playing in Los Angeles. Lindblom and his wife also established a charity which donated $20,000 to an Indiana food bank.[16]


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  2. ^ " #1 in College Sports". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ " #1 in College Sports". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to USA Baseball: Home of 1988 & 2000 Olympic Gold Medalists". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Great Lakes Loons getting additions to bullpen, including Los Angeles Dodgers second-round pick Josh Lindblom". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ King, Sam (April 5, 2009). "Lindblom works his way up". Journal & Courier. Lafayette, Indiana. p. B1. 
  7. ^ Dierkes, Tim (July 31, 2012). "Dodgers Acquire Shane Victorino". 
  8. ^ "Josh Lindblom, Lisalverto Bonilla bring strong arms to Rangers' pitching staff". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ "RHP Josh Lindblom Recalled". Round Rock Express. June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
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  11. ^ "Pirates claim right-hander Josh Lindblom off waivers from A's". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Lindblom signs with Korean baseball club". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  13. ^ Adams, Steve (December 16, 2016). "Pirates Sign Josh Lindblom, Eury Perez To Minor League Deals". Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: Josh Lindblom". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  15. ^ "U.S. pitcher leaves S. Korean club to be with ailing daughter". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  16. ^ Hernandez, Dylan (30 April 2012). "Dodgers' Josh Lindblom says his faith helped make him a better pitcher". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 

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