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.
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