Tim Lynch was drafted by the Yankees in the ninth round of the 2016 draft, a first baseman out of Southern Mississippi. The 6’2 slugger was named to the second team All-Conference USA honors and is now continuing his success in the Yankees organization.
Lynch spent his rookie season between the Pulaski Yankees and GCL team. He final like in Pulaski was with a .220 average, 10 doubles, two triples, and 13 RBIs. He struggled a bit hitting, but his strikeout and walk totals were almost equal, as he struck out 19 times and walked 17 times. In the GCL he was more successful finishing his rookie campaign there with a .286 average, 10 walks, eight strikeouts, a .403 OBP, and .500 slugging percentage in 56 at-bats.
Lynch skipped Low-A Charleston and started this past season in High-A Tampa where he led the team throughout the season. Lynch posted a .310 average, .573 SLG, and, 941 OPS. Despite the tough FSL, Lynch hit 13 home runs, 15 doubles, and struck out just 42 times through 213 at-bats.
Lynch has unlimited amounts of raw power and being a left-handed batter it is perfect for the Yankees’ organization. If he gets the bat on the ball there’s a good chance of it going far, which makes up for his pitch selection at times. The best asset of Lynch’s, however, isn’t only his power, he has a deceiving eye for the ball, which is a trait most sluggers miss. Lynch can draw walks and is not easy at all to strikeout, which is shown in his season totals since being drafted. As for him in the field, he spent most of the season DH, with Chris Gittens playing first as well, but when he was in the field Lynch was perfect. With no errors in the 40 games played in the field, Lynch is also a reliable first baseman and he moves extremely well for his bulky size.
Lynch proved everything he needed to in Tampa in just his second season of his professional career. He holds the same issue as many first basemen in the organization, however. Lynch should start the 2018 season in Double-A Trenton, but it depends on if there’s room for him. Of course, he can be plugged in at DH, but there will still be a third player who will need playing time in that group should he be moved into a first base rotation. Lynch will definitely be in Trenton at some point next season, and his hitting could be even more lethal once he’s out of the Florida humidity.