Date of Birth: 09/17/1990
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 170 lbs
College Experience: Southern Illinois University
Resides: Calvert City, KY
The 2017 season will mark Forsythe's 5th season in professional baseball, 2nd with the X's.
Forsythe turned in an impressive 2016 season as the ace of the Explorers pitching staff, leading the team in 5 major pitching categories, including 11 wins, which were also T-4th most in the American Association. The lefty was a workhouse for the X’s starting 21 games, tossing 125.1 innings (7th most in AA) and 2 complete games (T-6th in AA). Forsythe held opponents to a .226 batting average (2nd lowest in AA) while striking out 102 batters (7th most in AA). Forsythe was a big part of the X’s late season surge in winning the Central Division, as he won 9 of his last 11 decisions to end the regular season.
Forsythe was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 25thround of the 2013 MLB Draft following a stellar collegiate career at Southern Illinois University. Forsythe holds the Salukis career records for starts (49) and innings pitched (346.2) while also becoming the first pitcher in school history to throw 100 or more innings in three different seasons. His 246 career strikeouts are fifth most in SIU school history. The left-hander spent three years in the Phillies organization, pitching most of his games at the Advanced-A level, and in 2014 Forsythe was named a mid-season South Atlantic League All-Star pitching for the Lakewood BlueClaws.