Lincoln Named Top Prospect in WCL

Chris Lincoln (photo by Eric Isaacs)
Chris Lincoln (photo by Eric Isaacs)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.Baseball America, the prestigious amateur baseball publication, this week listed UC Santa Barbara sophomore right-hander Chris Lincoln as the No. 1 prospect in the West Coast League, a summer collegiate league based in the Pacific Northwest. 

The promising right-hander showed some of the best stuff in the WCL over the summer, using a low-mid 90s fastball and a four-pitch mix to strike out 36 batters in 33 1/3 innings for the Walla Walla Sweets. 

A 13th round draft pick by Toronto in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Lincoln's most eye-catching outing came on Jul. 19, when he struck out a dozen and earned the win with 6 2/3 shutout innings against Corvallis, the eventual league champion. He finished the campaign with a 4.05 ERA and 1-1 record. 

As a freshman with the Gauchos, Lincoln recorded a 4.82 ERA over 18 appearances, including three starts. He showed flashes of dominance despite his youth, striking out 12 batters over 8 2/3 combined innings in starts against UC Riverside and UC Davis. 

To see Baseball America's entire list of top WCL prospects, click here ($). 

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