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Shane Anthony Lindsay

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Shane Lindsay has pitched for the Australian national team. He reached the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox in 2011

Lindsay was signed by Colorado Rockies scout Phil Allen in 2003. He debuted professionally in 2004, going 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA for the Casper Rockies. He struck out 31 in 21 1/3 IP but walked 19. In 2005, the Aussie dazzled with a 6-1, 1.89 campaign for the Tri-City Dust Devils. He struck out 107 in 66 2/3 IP, allowed just 37 hits (only one homer) and walked 34. Opponents hit .163 against him. He led the Northwest League in strikeouts, tied for second in wins, one behind Sergio Romo and was third in ERA, behind Mike Madsen and Brent Carter. Lindsay lost the right-handed starting pitcher spot on the NWL All-Star team to Madsen. His fastball was timed at 97 mph and he also showed an effective knuckle-curve. Boise Hawks manager Trey Forkerway said "He was by the far the most dominant pitcher in the league." Baseball America rated him the top prospect in the league and the #6 prospect in the Rockies chain.

Shane joined the Australian team for the 2005 Baseball World Cup and was 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA. He fanned 14 in 8 1/3 IP while allowing 5 hits but walked 7. He was outdueled by future big leaguer Devern Hansack in a 2-0 defeat to Nicaragua in which the sole black mark was a 2-run homer by Marlon Abea. He recovered to top Colombia later with a 9-strikeout effort.

In 2006, the young right-hander battled a shoulder injury and pitched for Tri-City (2-2, 2.79, 18 H, 17 BB, 48 K, .176 opponent average in 29 IP) and the Asheville Tourists (2-1, 2.67, 26 H, 27 BB, 43 K in 33 2/3 IP). Baseball America ranked him as the #2 prospect in the NWL behind Tyler Colvin.

He missed the entire 2007 season after having surgery on his right shoulder.

After making his major league debut with a scoreless inning for the Chicago White Sox against the Detroit Tigers on September 2, 2011, Lindsay had a nightmarish second presence in the big leagues. On September 4th, he gave up 7 runs on 8 hits and a walk in only one inning against the same Tigers, in the middle of an 18-2 loss by his team. His career ERA shot up from 0.00 to 31.50 that day.

Sources: 2007 Rockies Media Guide, IBAF website, 2005-2007 Baseball Almanacs

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