I got to Isotopes Park today after a hard days work and was ready to watch the second of a three game series against the Memphis Red Birds. I made the usual rounds talking to people I know around the park. I was regretting being lazy yesterday because from what I heard I missed a great game. I finally got back to my seat and looked to see who was warming up. I expected to see Eric Stults warming up I had heard he was going to start for the Isotopes this week. I looked and there was this big pitcher number 45 long tossing with A J Ellis. I tried to figure out who it was. I could kinda make out the name and it looked like Lindblom. I thought to myself I didn't know anything about him coming up from Chattanooga. I got out of my seat and went to the bull pen and I was right it was Josh Lindblom.
Baseball America rated Josh as the number four prospect in the Dodgers organization. He is a big boy. They have him at 6' 5" 240, and he looks it. Josh was a second round pick by the Dodgers in 2008. He signed for $663,000 bonus. Josh was originally drafted by the Astros in 2005 but he elected to go to college in Tennessee and the he transferred to Purdue. Josh became a closer at Purdue.
Lindblom looked good tonight. He pitched six innings gave up three hits and one earned run. He has great control, and looked very confident on the mound. When I watched him warm up he looked very focused.
Lindblom threw 89 pitches 55 for strikes. I was real impressed when he got in to a jam twice with runners on second and third and he pitched his way out of it. He didn't get rattled.
Josh even got a hit tonight. I think his first Triple-A start was a success.
J D Closser 1B
Tony Abreu 2B
Chin Lung Hu SS
Blake Dewitt 3B
Jamie Hoffmann OF
Jason Repko OF
Luis Maza OF
Josh Lindblom P