Caleb Charles Gindl
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 9", Weight 185 lb.
- High School Pace High School
- Debut June 15, 2013
Caleb Gindl was picked by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 5th round of the 2007 amateur draft, the first high schooler they chose that year. He was signed by scout Doug Reynolds and exploded onto the scene in his pro debut, hitting .372/.420/.580 with 40 runs and 42 RBi for the Helena Brewers. He led the Pioneer League in average (.012 over Jaime Pedroza), was second in OBP (.007 behind Erik Kanaby) and third with 22 doubles. He was named to the league's All-Star outfield. Baseball America rated him as the league's #2 prospect (between Todd Frazier and Jordan Walden) and #10 in the Brewers chain.
In 2008, the Floridian hit .307/.388/.474 for the West Virginia Power. He tied for the most games played in the South Atlantic League (137), was second in doubles (38, 8 behind Darin Holcomb), third in hits (156, behind Jesus Montero and Holcomb), 5th in OBP and 8th in average. He made the league All-Star outfield alongside Jason Heyward and Mike Stanton. Baseball America rated him as the SAL's 18th-best prospect, between Holcomb and Ryan Kalish. He hit .281 in the winter for the West Oahu CaneFires.
Gindl fell under .300 in 2009 while playing for the Brevard County Manatees but still made his third straight All-Star team. He hit .277/.363/.459 and stole 18 bases in 22 tries. The little outfielder also smacked 17 homers, second in the Florida State League (one behind leader Brahiam Maldonado). He also was third in slugging and tied for 5th with 71 RBI. He was named the league's All-Star right fielder, joining Ben Revere and Logan Schafer as the top three flyhawks. Gindl was rated the #16 prospect in the league by Baseball America, right after Josh Vitters and David Bromberg.
He played 128 games with the 2010 Huntsville Stars, hitting .272/.352/.406 with 33 doubles, 9 homers and 60 RBI.
When he made his major league debut for the Milwaukee Brewers in June of 2013, he was thought to have been only the third player named Caleb to have played in the big leagues. In fact, he was the second, after Caleb Thielbar who had made his debut only a few weeks earlier; the original "Caleb", Caleb Johnson, was later found to have in fact been one "William" Johnson.
- 2010 Brewers Media Guide
- 2008-2010 Baseball Almanacs