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Sep 16, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Caleb Gindl (right) hits a triple to drive in a run in the fourth inning as Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo (left) watches at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Name: Caleb Gindl
Age: 26 years old
Perhaps the least known of the non-roster invitees in camp is Caleb Gindl. The former Milwaukee Brewer was inked on December 12th after spending his entire career as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization.
Gindl showed some promise during his initial call-up to the Brewers in 2013, getting a decent look while Ryan Braun was serving his mother of a suspension for his part in Biogenesis. In 155 plate appearances down the stretch that season, Gindl slashed .242/.340/.439 with 5 home runs and 14 RBI, while also showing solid plate discipline (20 BB, 25 SO). However with Braun back in 2014, the opportunity disappeared and Gindl saw just 23 unmemorable plate appearances for the Brewers.
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The diminutive (5’9″) Gindl showed significant promise in the minor leagues, slashing .283/.361/.450 with 101 home runs and 489 RBI in 3897 plate appearances in the Brewers system.
Defensively, he is the worst of the bunch. Spending most of his time in left field, it appears his size hurts him in terms of range with Gindl struggling to a -10.8 UZR/150 in 256.1 innings of work. To put that in contrast, Melky Cabrera was a -4.8 UZR/150 in left, making him more mobile in the outfield than Gindl.
Given the defensive struggles, Gindl likely finds his home in Buffalo and only sees Toronto if something drastically goes wrong.