Homeward Bound

Local pitching product Josh Lindblom transfers to Purdue from Tennessee

The Purdue pitching staff got a lift when Josn Lindblom, a product of Harrison High in West Lafayette, transferred from Tennessee.

The Purdue pitching staff got a lift when Josn Lindblom, a product of Harrison High in West Lafayette, transferred from Tennessee.

June 16, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Local prep standout Josh Lindblom has signed with the Purdue Boilermakers for the 2007 diamond season, transferring from the University of Tennessee after one season as a Volunteer pitcher.

Lindblom is a product of Harrison High School in West Lafayette, the school that also produced former Boilermaker and two-time all-conference honoree John Hunter and current Boilermaker and 2006 all-conference pitcher Dan Sattler.

Lindblom will be looked upon by head coach Doug Schreiber to fill a weekend starting role vacated by the graduation of former Boilermakers Jay Buente and Brent Coudron.

"I am looking forward to Josh being an integral part the Boilermaker baseball program," Schreiber said. "He will make an immediate impact for us as a weekend starter as well as a team leader. His experience, work ethic and competitiveness will make those around him better."

As a true freshman at Tennessee, Lindblom earned a spot in the weekend pitching rotation and posted a 4-6 record in 17 appearances (15 starts). In 88 innings on the mound, Lindblom stuck out 68 batters and issued 26 walks. He was named SEC Freshman of the Week after striking out 13 batters in a win over Morehead State on Feb. 17, allowing just one hit and one walk in eight innings.

A 2005 graduate of Harrison High School, Lindblom was rated as the top overall prospect in the state of Indiana by Baseball America. Lindblom was 8-2 as a senior for the Raiders, striking out 117 in 76 innings of work. The 6'5", 240-pound right-hander was among the top five vote getters for the 2005 Indiana Mr. Baseball Award, and was named 2005 Big School Player of the Year by the Lafayette Journal & Courier.

Lindblom was a third-round selection by the Houston Astros in the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

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