Desmond Lindsay was drafted by the New York Mets in the second round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He was highly regarded and was considered one of the top centerfielders in that draft. However, there were concerns about his legs coming out of high school.
Lindsay experienced hamstring issues his last year at the Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, Florida. Despite this, the Mets took a chance on him and hoped that the injuries would not be a big factor and his tools would rise above and he could be the next great centerfielder for the franchise.
So far it has not worked out that way.
Lindsay started his Mets career quite well hitting .304/.400/.464/.864 through 21 games with the GCL and earned a promotion to Brooklyn.
He started off 2016 with Brooklyn and again had a great start to the season but that’s when the injuries started to pile up. Lindsay was hampered with a hamstring injury as well as a calf issue that led him to only play in 32 games that season.
Hamstring injuries continued to nag him for the next few years and he saw his production drop as a result of it.
To date, Lindsay has a career slash line of .238/.343/.367/.710 this is not the greatest line for someone who was once considered a top-five prospect in the organization and is now barely a top 30 guy.
2020 is a real last chance season for Lindsay because if the injuries continue or the production does not pick up, he may be looking for work elsewhere.
Lindsay has the tools to be a big-league player he just has to get out of his own way and work his craft to be able to get back to the level he was at that made the Mets take a chance on him back in 2015.