Anthony Swarzak

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Anthony Swarzak
Anthony Swarzak on June 26, 2012.jpg
Swarzak with the Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins – No. 51
Pitcher
Born: (1985-09-10) September 10, 1985 (age 28)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 23, 2009 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
(through August 4, 2014)
Win–loss record 15-22
Earned run average 4.42
Strikeouts 251
WHIP 1.36
Teams

Anthony Ray Swarzak (born September 10, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball. The 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m), 225 pounds (102 kg) right-hander was the Twins' second-round pick in the 2004 June draft. Prior to his professional career, he starred as a pitcher at Nova High School in Davie, Florida, where he was a two-time High School All-American in 2003 and 2004. He had a scholarship to pitch for the Louisiana State University Tigers, before the Twins lured him away for a $575,000 bonus.

Career[edit]

Swarzak was #15 on the Baseball America Top Gulf Coast League Prospects list in 2004. He was Midwest League Pitcher of the Week (from May 23–30, 2005), the Twins' Pitcher of the Month (May 2005), Midwest League All-Star, and #8 on the Baseball America Top Midwest League Prospects list in 2005. In 2006 he was Florida State League Pitcher of the Week (from August 7–14, 2006) and a FSL Post-Season All-Star (2006).

Swarzak was one of the top rated prospects in the Twins' farm system before a fifty game suspension for violation of Minor League drug policy on April 20, 2007 sidetracked his career.[1] He tested positive for marijuana.[2] After having started the season with the Double A New Britain Rock Cats, upon his reinstatement from the restricted list on June 11, he was reassigned to Class A Advanced Fort Myers. After three games with the Miracle, he returned to New Britain.

He began the 2008 season with the Rock Cats, and went 3-8 with a 5.67 earned run average. After a promotion to Triple-A, his record actually improved to 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA in seven starts. He's been added to the Twins' 40 man roster, and spent his first spring with the Twins in 2009. Following Spring training, he was reassigned to Rochester. Swarzak suffered from a lack of run support in Rochester to start the season. Despite an ERA of 1.59 in his first three starts, his record stood at 0-3.[3]

His record improved to 3-4 with a 2.25 ERA when he got the call to the majors on May 20. He filled in the starting rotation for the injured left-handed starter Glen Perkins.[4]

Swarzak made his major league debut for the Twins on May 23, 2009 in a home game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He pitched seven shutout innings, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out three. The Twins won the game 6 – 2, earning Swarzak his first major league win.[5][6]

Swarzak began 2013 on the disabled list with fractured left ribs he suffered while "wrestling around a little bit". He was activated on April 7 and only missed 5 games. Swarzak was used as a long reliever in 2013 for the Twins. In 48 games, he went 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA, striking out 69 in 96 innings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swarzak grateful for second chance". Archived from the original on 3 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  2. ^ [dead link]http://www.startribune.com/sports/twins/45923497.html?page=2&c=y
  3. ^ "Minor League Baseball". Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  4. ^ Neal III, La Velle E. (2009-05-20). "Twins call up Swarzak; Breslow claimed off waivers by Oakland". Twins Insider (Star Tribune). Archived from the original on 23 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  5. ^ Campbell, Dave (2009-05-23). "Mauer power: Swarzak, Twins beat Brewers 6-2". Minneapolis, Minn.: Star Tribune. Retrieved 2009-05-23. [dead link]
  6. ^ "In-Progress Boxscore Milwaukee vs. Minnesota". Star Tribune. 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 

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