LINDELL, KARSEN

Position: Pitcher

DOB: June 2, 1996

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 190

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (9th Round, 2015)

Profile:  Drafted out of high school by the Brewers in the ninth round in 2015, Lindell signed a slightly over-slot deal with Milwaukee, choosing to pass up an offer from the University of Washington.  He was sent to Maryvale after signing and began his pro career with the AZL Brewers.  Lindell made the jump to Helena in 2016, then returned for a second season there in 2017 as well.  A good athlete with a high 3/4 release point that produces good downhill action, Lindell has a fastball that sits in the low-90’s which he combines with a slider and changeup that both have the potential to be plus pitches for him.  The biggest issue for Lindell thus far has been consistently finding the strikezone.  He’s tallied nearly as many walks as strikeouts and opposing hitters have posted a .337 batting average against him.

2015:  Lindell signed with Milwaukee for $171,000 and began his pro career with the AZL Brewers, appearing in 12 games, seven of which were starts.  He went 1-5 with a 5.81 earned run average, allowing 20 earned runs in 31 innings of work.

2016:  The Brewers moved Lindell up to Helena in 2016, but he struggled against tougher competition in the Pioneer League.  He saw action in seven games, starting four of them, but went just 1-4 with an 8.89 earned run average, surrendering 26 runs in 26.1 innings.

2017:  After beginning the season in extended spring training, Lindell returned to Helena for a second year once their season got underway in June.  He appeared in 16 games, starting 11, and went 3-3 with a 7.45 ERA over 54.1 innings.