Mar 2, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Shane Lindsay (72) poses for a picture during the Dodgers photo day at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE
The hard throwing right-handed 27-year old Shane Lindsay was signed in 2003 by the Colorado Rockies out of Melbourne, Australia. He pitched for the Rockie organization from 2004 - 2006, then missed all of 2007 with shoulder surgery. Lindsay came back in 2008 - 2009 but never got above AA ball with the Rockies.
After spending six years on one organization things got a bit chippy for him.
On May 14th, 2010 the Yankee's claimed him off waivers from the Rockies. Twelve days later the Yankee's decided they liked Chad Gaudin better and designated Lindsay for assignment. On June 1st, 2010 the Indians claimed him off waivers and he spent the 2010 season pitching in the Indian organization.
On Jan 9th, 2011 Lindsay signed a minor league deal with White Sox and eight years after being signed by the Rockies made his major league debut on Sept 2nd. It was a successful debut as he gave up no runs in his one inning of work. His second major league game was not quite as successful, as he gave up seven runs in one inning of work.
On Dec 13th, the Dodgers signed him as a free agent. Five teams in 20 months. Doubt it gets any better for him going forward.
Lindsay is known for two things.
1. A bad ass fastball that reaches 94 MPH and allows him to K minor league hitters at a decent clip.
Based on his minor league numbers does he have a shot at a major league career? Not unless he can get his walk rate below 6 per 9 innings. Can Shane Lindsay add his name to the very small list that includes Mark Clear, Ryan Duren, and Doug Creek? Those are the only relief pitchers since 1960 who have managed to have a K rate above 9, along with a walk rate above 6 who pitched over 200 major league games. That is a small haystack. You can add two more if you don't care about the K/9 rate being any good: Mitch Williams and Brian Bruney.
Lindsay pitches for the Melbourne Aces during the winter months.
|2009- A & AA
|2010 - AA & AAA
|2011 - AAA
|2012 Projections - Age 27 Season|
He has no chance in hell of making the opening day roster, and little chance of seeing any time with the big club this season.
What is your prediction? Be sure to guess Linday's ERA, BB./9, K/9, number of innings pitched, plus anything else you would like to predict.