Josh Lindblom

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Joshua William Lindblom

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Josh Lindblom was selected by the Houston Astros in the third round of the 2005 amateur draft but opted to attend Tennessee instead. He transfered to Purdue University and was then chosen by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Chet Sergo for $663,000 and made his pro debut that summer.

Lindblom made his big league debut with the club in 2011. On July 31, 2012, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies along with Ethan Martin in return for OF Shane Victorino. After only half a season with the Philles, he was sent to the Texas Rangers along with Lisalverto Bonilla in return for IF Michael Young on December 9, 2012. He only pitched 8 times for the Rangers in the 2013, but made his first 5 major league starts for the team. He was shuffled between Texas and the AAA Round Rock Express for whom he was a solid 8-4, 3.08 in 20 games, including 18 starts. He gave up only 86 hits in 108 innings in the Pacific Coast League, while striking out 79. For the Rangers though, he was only 1-3, 5.46, while pitching 31 1/3 innings. On December 3rd, he was on the move again, this time to the Oakland Athletics, along with OF Craig Gentry, in return for two prospects, Chris Bostick and Michael Choice.

Lindblom spent two seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization with the Lotte Giants in 2015 and 2016. he went 13-11, 3.56 the first year and 10-12, 5.27 the second at a time when the KBO was a particularly hitter-friendly circuit, with hitters setting records left and right. In 2017, he decided to return to the United States in order for his new-born daughter, Monroe, to receive medical treatment for a heart condition. As a result, he signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the last team that had had him under contract before he had moved to Korea. He was back in the KBO in 2018, though, and led the league with a 2.88 ERA. The next year, he was even better at 20-3, 2.50 with 189 K; he led the 2019 KBO in both wins (3 ahead of Kwang-hyun Kim, Angel Sanchez and Young-ha Lee) and whiffs (9 ahead of Kim). He did not repeat as ERA leader as Hyeon-jong Yang was .29 better. He led in WHIP as well. He was not as dominant in the 2019 Korean Series but the Bears won the title. He won KBO MVP, the second American pitcher to take the honor in a four-year span as Dustin Nippert had won in 2016.

He returned to Major League Baseball in 2020, after signing as a free agent with the Milwaukee Brewers. He had only started 6 games in the majors in his first five seasons before moving to Korea, but the Brewers used him in their rotation. He made 10 starts in 12 appearances and went 2-4, 5.16, logging 45 1/3 innings.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Adam Berry: "Lindblom follows faith, family from Korea to Pirates: With mutual respect in organization, righty at newborn daughter's side as she battles heart defect",, January 12, 2017. [1]

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