Schwinden with the New York Mets
|Lancaster Barnstormers – No. 20|
September 22, 1986 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|September 8, 2011 for the New York Mets|
(through 2012 season)
|Earned run average||6.98|
Schwinden was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 43rd round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft out of Golden West High School in Visalia, California, however he did not sign and attended and played baseball at Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) in 2007; he then attended Fresno Pacific University in 2008.
New York Mets
He was called up to the majors for the first time on September 5, 2011 after a stellar season for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. Schwinden began the season with the Double-A Binghamton Mets but made the most of a spot start on April 17 to secure a spot in the Triple-A rotation. From there, he led the Bisons in starts (26), innings pitched (145.2), ERA (3.95) and strikeouts (134) while tying for the team lead with eight wins and being named to the Triple-A All-Star team. Schwinden's 134 strikeouts were the third-most in a single season by a Bisons pitcher in the modern era.
On April 26, 2012, Schwinden was recalled to the New York Mets to replace Robert Carson on the roster and Mike Pelfrey in the rotation. Schwinden had gone 2-2 with a 2.05 ERA and a complete game in 4 starts with Buffalo.
Toronto Blue Jays
On June 2, 2012, Schwinden was selected off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays from the New York Mets. He was assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas.
On June 6, 2012, Schwinden was claimed off of waivers by the Cleveland Indians. He was immediately assigned to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers of the International League. On June 27, the Indians designated Schwinden for assignment to make room for newly acquired Vinny Rottino.
New York Yankees
Return to Mets
Schwinden was claimed by the New York Mets on July 5, but, on July 10, he was outrighted off the 40-man roster.
Schwinden signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers on May 17, 2014.