All-Star MVP signs organizational contract
(Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 15, 2016) -Outfielder Caleb Gindl, the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Atlantic League All-Star Game at Clipper Magazine Stadium, has signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox organization, it was announced today by the White Sox.
Gindl, 28, spent the entire 2016 season with the Lancaster Barnstormers. The lefty hitter from Pace, FL batted .295 with 10 home runs, 36 doubles and 72 RBI while playing in 135 games. He tied a franchise record with a 20-game hitting streak, August 5-26.
Signed as a corner outfielder, Gindl made the shift to center and handled the position with nearly flawless ability for the second half of the season.
In the Atlantic League’s 19th All-Star Game, Gindl slugged a game-tying homer to right in the fourth inning. He added a single to center field in the eighth inning, picking up two of the victorious Freedom Division’s six hits.
With the Freedom Division up, 3-1, in the fifth inning, Gindl dug up a single to center by Liberty DH Craig Maddox and fired home to cut down Jovan Rosa for the final out. He also recorded four putouts in the game.
Gindl played a portion of two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013 and 2014. He appeared in 65 games, batting .232 with five home runs and 14 RBI. His first Major League home run was a game winner against the Miami Marlins on July 21, 2013.
“I am grateful to the White Sox for giving me this opportunity,” said Gindl. “I really enjoyed my time in Lancaster with the great fans, the coaches and my teammates. It felt like family. I would recommend Lancaster and the Atlantic League to anyone looking to give his career one more chance.”
“We are very proud of Caleb,” said Barnstormers manager Ross Peeples. “He was one of our leaders and represented us like a professional on and off the field. Caleb always plays the game like it’s supposed to be played.”
The outfielder becomes the second member of the 2016 Barnstormers to sign with the White Sox this off-season, joining fellow 2016 year-end All-Star K.C. Hobson in the Chicago system.
About the Lancaster Barnstormers
The Lancaster Barnstormers are entering their 13th season as a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Home games are played at Clipper Magazine Stadium in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Please call 717.509.HITS (4487) or visit www.lancasterbarnstormers.com for more information.
About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.
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