College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2011 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the list today with number 25 with TCU junior RHP Kyle Winkler. The Sugar Land, Texas native attended Kempner High School where he was a three time letter winner. As a senior, he was named first-team all-state and all-district honors while being named the 167th top prospect in the country while being 19th in the state of Texas. He ended up being selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 37th round in the 2008 MLB Draft. Winkler’s freshman year saw him make 17 appearances (14 starts) as he went 7-1 with a 4.15 ERA. He ended up striking out 48 batters in 73 2/3 innings pitched. After the season was over, he was given an invite to the 2009 USA Collegiate National team but was not selected for the final roster.
Kyle had a breakthrough season in 2010 making 19 starts. He ended up having a 12-3 overall record with two complete games while compiling a 3.39 ERA. Winkler ended up getting an early invite to the 2010 USA Collegiate National Team trials where he ended up being selected to the squad. He ended up pitching in relief in all of his six appearances while going 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA. He was rated the 20th best prospect on Team USA by Baseball America and the 37th best prospect by Frankie Pilere of Fanhouse.com.