LHP Niall Windeler, 19th round (569th overall) - Minnesota Twins - SIGNED - $30,000
With their 19th round (569th overall) pick, the Minnesota Twins have selected LHP Niall Windeler.
Hometown: Toronto Ont.
Height/Weight: 6’ 4” 210 lbs.
Team: University of British Columbia
Coach: Chris Pritchett.
Previous Teams: Toronto Mets, Etobicoke Rangers, North York Blues
Previous Coaches: Chris Kemlo, Rick Leitch, Joe DaCosta, Jack Brown
Scout: Walt Burrows (Brentwood Bay, B.C.)
Most influential person in my baseball life: “(Coach) Chris Pritchett, He’s very knowledgeable and he helped me figure out everything. He’s the big reason I went to UBC.
2019 season as a junior at UBC: Was 5-4, with a 3.72 ERA and 105 strikeouts ... Recorded first-ever solo nine-inning no hitter in program history ... Also tied Jeff Francis’ program record of 15 strikeouts in a single game ... In 40 career starts with UBC he was 14-11 record with a 3.36 ERA and 247 strikeouts.
2018 season as a sophomore at UBC: Was 5-3 with a 3.30 ERA in 16 games -- 14 starts -- walking 35 and striking out 85 in 87 1/3 innings ... Held opponents to .217 average.
2017 season as a freshman at UBC: Was 4-4 with a 2.94 in 13 games, making 11 starts as he walked 21 and striking out 57 in 70 1/3 innings ... Held opponents to a .223 average.
No. 23: He becomes the 23rd player to be drafted since the ‘Birds’ program re-started in 1997 and the fifth under coach Chris Pritchett, who has seen five players selected Mitch Robinson (New York Yankees, 2018), Curtis Taylor (Arizona, 2016), Alex Webb (Cincinnati, 2016), and Bruce Yari (Cincinnati, 2016).
Honours 2019 season:NAIA West Pitcher of the Year award ... Made All-NAIA West team for a second straight year ... Earned an NAIA All-American honourable mention … 2018 season _ Named to All-NAIA West team.