College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 20 on our Top 100 Countdown is Minnesota’s Tom Windle. The 6’4 left-handed pitcher from Maple Grove, Minnesota was selected in the 28th round by the White Sox in the 2010 MLB Draft.
As a freshman, Windle appeared in 19 games for the Gophers. He posted a record of 6-2 with two saves and an ERA of 1.52. In his 41.1 innings pitched, he struck out 35 batters. Due to a shoulder injury, Windle saw limited action in his sophomore season. During the season, he made 18 appearances including four starts. Windle posted a record of 3-5 with one save and an ERA of 3.27. In his 41.1 innings pitched, he struck out 37 while walking 17.
Windle spent the summer of 2012 playing in the prestigious Cape Cod League for the Brewster Whitecaps. He posted an ERA of 2.52 as he went 3-2 on the summer. His success earned him a place on the East Team in the Cape Cod League All Star Game. He struck out 49 and walked seven in his 39.1 innings pitched over the summer.
From a scouting perspective, Windle has the makings of a potential first round selection. The southpaw’s repertoire is highlighted by a fastball sitting in the low-mid 90s, along with a strong slider, and a solid curveball and changeup that both only continue to improve. His command has become phenomenal as is evident from his summer in the Cape, and it seems to continuously be improving. As one of the top players in the Big 10 and one of the top left-handed pitchers in college baseball, Windle is one of the top players to watch for in 2013.