Caleb Gindl (OF)
Profile: Milwaukee selected Gindl in the 5th round of the 2007 draft. Signing out of high school, the left-handed hitting outfielder began his pro career with Helena, where he hit .372 in 55 games with five home runs and 42 RBI.
Gindl moved to Low-A West Virginia in 2008 and again put up good numbers. He hit .307 with 13 home runs in 137 games. Gindl scored 86 runs while driving in 81. That performance earned him a promotion to High-A Brevard County in 2009. He saw action in 112 games in the Florida State League, batting .277 and slugging a career high 17 home runs. He also stole a career high 18 bases.
Gindl’s step-by-step progression continued with a bump to Double-A Huntsville in 2010. He played in 128 games for the Stars, batting .272. His power numbers took a dip, as he hit just nine home runs, but he showed enough to advance to Nashville in 2011.
2011 was perhaps Gindl’s best campaign yet. As a 22-year-old in the Pacific Coast League, he hit .301 with 15 home runs and 60 RBI. That showing put him in the running for a roster spot with Milwaukee entering 2012.
Gindl would be sent back to Nashville to begin 2012. There he battled through injuries, batting just .261 with 12 home runs in 127 games. He was in line for a September call-up but a late season back injury prevented him from making his Major League debut.
With Logan Schafer serving as the Brewers fourth outfielder, and Khris Davis having a breakout Spring Training, there was again no room in Milwaukee’s crowded outfield to begin the 2013 season. Gindl returned to Nashville for a third straight season and got off to a slow start, batting just .208 in the month of April. He picked things up from there however, hitting .287 with three home runs in May, and .346 with three more homers for the month of June at the time of his call-up.
Strengths: Gindl has a short stroke with power to the gaps. His arm strength is average to slightly above average and he has the ability to play all three outfield positions. Gindl has consistently hit for both average and some power throughout his Minor League career and his short stature, combined with his all around game has drawn comparisons to Brian Giles.
Weaknesses: Gindl stands just 5’9″ and doesn’t have blazing speed. His patience at the plate has suffered at times and he didn’t draw nearly as many walks last season as he had in past years. He also plays extremely hard and that has led to some injuries.
The Future: Gindl’s immediate future will be as a left-handed bat off the bench. With Carlos Gomez having an All-Star season, and Gindl’s fellow lefty bats, Nori Aoki and Logan Schafer playing well, he will need to take advantage of his limited opportunities to stick around on the big league roster, but provides Ron Roenicke with another solid pinch-hitter and left field option until Ryan Braun returns. Gindl’s long-term future may be as a fourth outfielder. He’s probably best suited for left field, but his arm is good enough that he could play right somewhere down the line.