Ian S. Ostlund
(born October 17
) is a minor league baseball pitcher
in the Detroit Tigers
organization who currently plays for the Toledo Mud Hens
High school and college
Ostlund attended Turner Ashby High School
, Virginia, where he played baseball as a starting pitcher
. He made history in 1997 when he hurled a no hitter
against nearby Harrisonburg and became one of only two pitchers in Virginia high school history to strike out
the side in every inning, although he walked several batters. After graduation he attended the nearby Virginia Military Institute
from 1997-2000. He gave a standout performance in his junior year (1999-2000), setting new school records for most wins
in a season, plus most career wins. That year Ostlund was named to the Virginia Division I All-State team. Following the season, Ostlund transferred to Virginia Tech
, in the hopes of getting drafted: "Scouts don't look favorably upon me because I go to VMI and they see me having a good year as a possible fluke.
Ostlund entered Virginia Tech with expectations; Baseball America had named him the "top newcomer" in the Big East conference and he was coming off a banner year at VMI. However, he suffered a setback when he injured himself during the fall hunting season and posted an 8-5 record with a 4.17 ERA. This was good enough, however, to be drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 34th round, 1017th pick overall. Said Tigers' scout Bill Buck: "Left-handed pitchers are a commodity. You can never have too many of them.
The Tigers assigned Ostlund to the Single-A Oneonta Tigers
, where he went 2-5 with an ERA of 3.16. Of his 14 appearances that season, he started 10; since then he has worked as a reliever
. He spent the season with the Single-A Lakeland Tigers
, posting a 2.89 ERA over 29 appearances. Ostlund spent three days with the Tigers during spring training
in , but then struggled at Lakeland in the 2003 season with an ERA over 8. Concerned, the Tigers sent him to the West Michigan Whitecaps
, where he showed marked improvement, going 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA and making the Midwest League
's All-Star team.
Ostlund returned to Lakeland for , but much of the season was lost to Tommy John surgery. Recovered in , he went back down to the Whitecaps for the first part of the year, going 2-3 with a 2.40 ERA. Moved back up to Lakeland mid-year, he continued his success, going 4-3 with a 2.93 ERA. The Tigers promoted Ostlund to the Double-A Erie SeaWolves in , where he went 9-5 with a 4.43 ERA. Ostlund improved at Erie in , enough that the Tigers promoted him to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens mid-season, where he posted a 2-1 record with a 4.50 ERA.