Before anything, I must say this—there aren't many pitchers in the league who can command their pitches the way Brad Lincoln does.
Lincoln, a right-handed reliever, has a fastball that hits the 93-96 range consistently. Not only that, but he knows how to throw it in on batters' hands on-command. He attacks hitters, takes control of at-bats and is a sure-thing out of the bullpen. Also, his numbers in 2012 are significantly better than in his previous two seasons.
Lincoln has a career 4.26 ERA, which isn't great, but that's in large part because of his 2010-11 seasons where his ERA was 6.66 in 52.2 innings and 4.72 in 47.2 innings, respectively.
His ERA this season is 2.73 in 59.1 innings, so the trend is looking good, but that's not even the exciting part.
In his first two seasons he had a combined 54 strikeouts. This season he has 60. So to no one's surprise, his SO/9 ratio is 9.1 in 2012, limiting batters to a .230/.278/.396 slash line—the Major League average is .256/.322/.402.
But that's not all.
Thirty percent of his strikeouts are done via the called-strike-three, six points higher than the Major League average. He also throws more first-pitch-strikes than the league average, meaning he doesn't like to waste time and gets ahead in the count (very Casey Janssen-like).
In the past he's had issues with his changeup, forcing a lot of unnecessary walks, signified by a career 1.35 WHIP. This season (you guessed it) his WHIP sits at a comfortable 1.10.
All in all, Alex Anthopoulos acquired Brad Lincoln at the peak of his career while he's still cost efficient and controllable through 2017.
This guy is big, he's powerful and he's exactly what the Jays need in the middle-innings.
"Yes! Lincoln is coming out of the pen!"—I can see that catching on in the near future, so be sure to quote me.