In a close race, Tom Windle was selected the Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Poll’s 27th ranked prospect. He received 82 of 331 votes (25%). He finished slightly ahead of Jose Pujols (74 votes, 22%). Victor Arano finished a distant third (38 votes, 11%).
The Chicago White Sox drafted Windle out of high school in the 28th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft. He declined to sign and attended the University of Minnesota. Three years later he was drafted as a junior in the 2nd round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He signed his first major league contract on June 12, 2013.
Windle started in 37 of his 39 appearances in his first two season in the Dodgers organization. He pitched well in his first season with Great Lakes in full season A ball. His numbers took the expected hit in the hitter friendly California League in his second season.
Windle was traded to the Phillies along with Zach Eflin for Jimmy Rolliins and cash on December 19, 2014. He was initially assigned to Clearwater but broke spring training on the Reading roster in 2015.
Windle made 14 starts with Reading before he was converted to a reliever. He had a 5.35 ERA in 70.2 IP, 40 BB, and 43 K as a starter. He posted a 1.69 ERA in 20 relief appearances. In 26.2 IP he allowed 11 BB and 23 K.
Windle has a low 90s fastball and has touched 95-96 mph.
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