|Ethan Lindow, image- Jay Floyd|
Lefty pitcher Ethan Lindow stood out so much among Phillies pitching prospects last year that he was honored with the Paul Owens Award, an honor bestowed annually upon the top position player and the top hurler from the organization's minor league affiliates.
Selected in the 5th round of the 2017 draft as a high schooler, Lindow would sign for a reported $500,000 and swiftly began his professional career.
In the Rookie level Gulf Coast League, the Georgie native would start eight contests, posting a 2-2 record witha 4.55 ERA and a .241 batting average against while striking out 34 and walking 12 batters in 27 2/3 innings pitched. He would participate that year in the Florida Instructional League as well.
The following season, Lindow opened the campaign in extended spring training, then put up exceptional numbers for the Class A short-season Williamsport Crosscutters. In 13 starts, the six-foot-three 180-pounder tallied a 3-2 record with a 2.19 ERA, a .227 batting average against along with an 8.1 K/9 mark. For his efforts with the 'Cutters, he was honored by Baseball America as a short-season All-Star.
Last season, Lindow really made his mark with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. In 23 appearances (13 starts), he posted a 5-2 record with a 2.66 ERA, a .208 batting average against, a 0.98 WHIP and a 9.9 K/9 mark.
By late in the season, he would be promoted to Class A Advanced Clearwater. With the Threshers, he made three starts, going winless with a 1.69 ERA, a .274 batting average against and averaging a strikeout per inning pitched.
He's got some intangibles that developmental personnel like to see. Coaches admire Lindow's tendency to stand out as a leader among his peers. He also pitches like a polished, more mature hurler. This is a quality that can be attributed to working with a well-known big leaguer, namely Tom Glavine, whose son was a travel ball teammate of Lindow. The Hall of Famer would mentor Lindow and helped him develop insight on the game he would not have otherwise had.
Described as a true competitor, Lindow has a great feel for the strike zone and attacks the opposition with his arsenal. His repertoire includes a fastball that most often resides in the low-90's, a very good curve ball, a cutter and a change up.
The key quality that has people raving about the 21-year-old and calling him special is his command.
An emerging talent, Lindow may open the 2020 campaign back with the Threshers, but he could be in line to see action at the Double-A level before long, if his success continues early on.
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