Former Dodgers Reliever Josh Lindblom Making MLB Comeback
According to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB Network and Fox Sports, former Dodgers reliever Josh Lindblom is attempting to have a career resurgence and is drawing heavy interest from MLB clubs.
Sources: Free agent Josh Lindblom (@JoshLindblom52) is drawing interest from @MLB teams after winning the Korea Series with the @doosanbears1982. He is drawing Merrill Kelly comparisons and led qualifying KBO starters in IP, wins, SO, K/BB, K/9, WHIP this year. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 29, 2019
Lindblom, 32, was drafted by the Dodgers in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft and went on to pitch in parts of two seasons for the club as a reliever. He fared pretty well across 77 1/3 innings of work where the right-hander struck out 71 batters and put up very respectable marks of a 2.91 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.
The wheels fell off for him immediately after he departed from Los Angeles. In parts of four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Oakland A’s, and Pittsburgh Pirates, Lindblom put together a lackluster 5.43 ERA across 69 2/3 innings of work.
Lindblom went to pitch in Korea for the Lotte Giants in 2015 and 2016 before returning to MLB in 2017 as a reliever. He tossed just 10 1/3 innings with a 7.84 ERA for the Pirates.
Since his most recent MLB stint, Lindblom has pitched for the Doosan Bears of the KBO League. The Bears won the KBO League championship on Saturday and Josh Lindblom was a key factor in it. He tossed 5 innings of one-run ball and struck out five to help Doosan sweep. It was a pretty interesting series in terms of Dodger relations with Jerry Sands being on the opposing side and Lindblom’s teammate being Jose Miguel Fernandez.
With Lindblom looking to return to the states, he could ultimately become a Dodger again if they like what they see. The organization has experience with him and should he find success similar to Miles Mikolas of the St. Louis Cardinals, he could be a huge asset. Nevertheless, it’s nice to see the former Dodger having success on the mound.