Desmond Lindsay
21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Mets A+
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After showing a lot of promise in a 32-game run in the New York-Penn League in 2016, Lindsay looked quite ordinary in his full-season debut before his season was cut short in late July due to ulnar nerve (elbow) surgery. He continued to walk at an excellent clip (13.1 percent), but his strikeout rate spiked from 19.4 percent to 30.7 percent. That massive spike along with a 60-point drop in BABIP (down to .298) explains how such a promising hitter only managed a .220 average in his age-20 season. Once considered a plus runner, Lindsay has filled out his 5-foot-11, 196-pound frame and managed just four steals on six attempts. He will contribute on the bases going forward, but may struggle to chip in more than 10-to-15 steals over a full season. On the bright side, he still has plus raw power and his all-fields approach is very impressive for a hitter his age. He can be thrown back in leagues where 150-200 prospects are rostered, but should be on watch lists in all dynasty formats. Read Past Outlooks
Undergoes elbow surgery
OFNew York Mets  A+
Elbow
July 28, 2017
Lindsay underwent surgery on the ulnar nerve in his elbow this week, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.
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Lindsay, one of the top prospects in the Mets' organization, had been dealing with elbow issues all season with Low-A Columbia and finally settled with going under the knife. The operation brings an end to a tough season for the 20-year-old, as he hit just .220 with 77 strikeouts over 65 games for Columbia and will now set his sights on a rebound season in 2018.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Drafted in the second round out of high school in 2015, Lindsay has the physical gifts to become a five-tool player, but for now he remains largely projection-centered. Lindsey played limited games in the Rookie League and short-season New York-Penn League for the second straight season as he again battled leg injuries. Perhaps the biggest takeaway from a small sample size of numbers is that he had almost as many walks (20) as strikeouts (26) in 32 games for Brooklyn. If he can stay healthy, 2017 could be the year Lindsay finally tries his hand at full-season ball, but expect a learning curve as he adjusts to the jump in talent. Lindsey has an extremely high ceiling but is still a ways off from making an impact at the big league level.
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Rough start at Low-A
OFNew York Mets  A+
May 4, 2017
Lindsay, 20, is batting just .176/.344/.311 with two home runs, 11 RBI and four steals through 23 games for Low-A Columbia.
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OFNew York Mets  A+
June 18, 2015
Lindsay signed for the full slot value - $1,142,700 - with the Mets on Thursday, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports.
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OFNew York Mets  A+
June 8, 2015
The Mets have selected Lindsay with the 53rd overall pick in the 2015 first-year player draft.
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