June 6, 2013
University of Minnesota junior left-handed pitcher Tom Windle(Maple Grove, Minn.) was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 56th overall pick in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft on Thursday, June 6, 2013.
"It's an honor to be selected by any Major League team, but to be selected by the Dodgers that's pretty cool and I'm really excited right now," Windle said. I'm just happy that they have given me this opportunity."
Drafted out of high school by the Chicago White Sox in the 28th round in 2010, Windle improved his selection by 26 rounds in 2013 after three completed years with the Gophers. Windle is the highest Gopher draft selection since Mike Kvasnicka (1st round, 33rd overall, 2010) and Glen Perkins (1st round, 22nd overall, 2004). Windle is also the first Gopher drafted by the Dodgers since Sam Steidl in 2004 (12th round)
Windle, a left-handed pitcher out of Maple Grove, Minn., was Minnesota's Friday starter the entire year. A first-team All-Big Ten selection, Windle led the team in innings pitched (92.2) and strikeouts (86), with a 6-4 record and a 2.14 ERA. Windle threw his first career no-hitter earlier this season against Western Illinois (3/8) and has a total of four complete games on the season. His no hitter was the first time a complete-game no hitter was thrown by a Golden Gopher since 1931. He led the Big Ten in strikeouts (all games) and opposing batting average, having held opponents to a .203 average. Despite missing a start against Michigan State and a shortened game against Ohio State due to weather, Windle still established 49 strikeouts against league opponents, which ranked second in the Big Ten. Named to the Golden Spikes Watch List, Windle was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week twice this past season.
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