Ryan Palencer – WYRZ
After a pair of strong seasons with the Texas Rangers, former Brownsburg star pitcher Lance Lynn was traded to the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
The 33-year-old Lynn enters his 10th season on a Major League mound and will be suiting up for his fifth team. The right hander started his career with the St. Louis Cardinals and played his first six seasons there. He was a National League All-Star in 2012 and was part of the 2011 World Series Champion Cardinals. He also received Cy Young Award votes in the past two seasons with the Rangers.
Lynn pitched for the Brownsburg Bulldogs from 2002-05 and won a State Championship in his senior campaign. In that State Championship season, Lynn teamed with fellow-future big leaguers Drew Storen and Tucker Barnhart. After high school, Lynn pitched collegiately at the University of Mississippi after being picked in the sixth round by the Seattle Mariners in 2005 but did not sign with the club. Following All-SEC seasons in 2007 and 2008 with the Rebels, Lynn’s decision not to sign paid off and he was selected 39th overall in the 2008 MLB Draft by the Cardinals.
Since entering the league, Lynn has been a staple of consistency. For his career, he is more than 30 games over .500 and has posted a career ERA of 3.57. In 2020, Lynn led the league in innings pitched and starts.
There were rumors that Lynn was available at the trade deadline last season but finished the season with the Rangers. He was considered one of the more prized trade options this winter. With the White Sox, Lynn will be reunited with his original manager, Tony LaRussa.
In return, the Rangers received pitchers Dane Dunning and Avery Weems.