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Shane Lindsay

Shane Lindsay - RHP
Melbourne, VIC
Debut: 2 September 2011
Final Game: 12 September 2011
Teams played for: Chicago White Sox

When he debuted in 2011, right-handed pitcher Shane Lindsay became the sixth Victorian to play in Major League Baseball and the first for the Chicago White Sox.

Lindsay was born in Melbourne and attended school northwest of the city in Bacchus Marsh. The Colorado Rockies signed him as an amateur free agent in 2003, when he was 18, and he went 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in his first professional season. A starting pitcher, Lindsay improved greatly in his second season, posting a 6-1 record and 1.89 ERA with the Tri-City Dust Devils. That year, he was also named the Northwest League's Player of the Year and top prospect.

Despite being named the Rockies' sixth-best prospect by Baseball America in 2006, his ascent went slowly, stalled further by shoulder surgery that cost him the entire 2007 season. Lindsay struggled in the seasons after the surgery, posting a 5.55 ERA with Class A Asheville in 2008. Shortly thereafter, the Rockies' organisation switched Lindsay from a starter to a reliever and he thrived in his new role. Six years after signing, he finally reached Double-A and had a 3-1 record and 2.60 ERA in 22 appearances.

After going 0-1 with a 6.59 ERA in 14 games at Triple-A, the Rockies put Lindsay on waivers in May 2010, and he was eventually picked up by the Cleveland Indians, who assigned him to Double-A Akron. His performance in Akron -- 1-0 with a 3.45 ERA in 12 games -- earned him a promotion to Triple-A Columbus, but Lindsay once again struggled against Triple-A hitters, and his ERA ballooned to 8.18.

The right-hander signed with the Chicago White Sox that offseason and began the season once again in Double-A, with Birmingham. After seven games in Birmingham, the White Sox promoted Lindsay to Triple-A Charlotte, and he succeeded at that level for the first time in his career. In 45 games with the Knights, Lindsay went 2-2 with a 1.98 ERA, and earned a call-up to the Major League club when rosters expanded in September.

Lindsay made his MLB debut on 2 September, pitching a scoreless eighth inning in an 8-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. He appeared in three more games for the White Sox, finishing the season with a 12.00 ERA in six innings pitched.

The righty suited up for his hometown Melbourne Aces that MLB offseason, pitching in the new ABL's inaugural campaign and spent two more seasons as a member of the Aces' rotation. In search of another shot at the Majors, Lindsay signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 but was released after eight Minor League appearances.

Lindsay signed with the Cubs shortly thereafter but was released once again, and returned to the White Sox on another Minor League deal. Lindsay finished the 2011 minor league season by going 1-1 with a 7.48 ERA for Charlotte, marking the last time he pitched professionally in the US.

View Shane Lindsay's career statistics from Baseball Reference