Skip to main content

Schwimer Gets the Call

Right-handed reliever Michael Schwimer is set to join the Phillies on Wednesday. The 14th round selection out of the 2008 amateur draft, has been called up by the big club to fill the void left when Placido Polanco was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday with a sports hernia.

Through 46 games with the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs this season, the University of Virginia graduate posted a 9-1 record with 10 saves and a 1.88 ERA while 86 striking out in 67 innings pitched.

Schwimer, a 6-foot-8-inch 250-pounder, has been ready for the step upward for a lengthy stretch. An All-star this season, Schwimer has out-shined many of his IronPigs teammates, only to see those players get called up time and time again. Now, Schwimer's chance has finally arrived and, if you ask the man himself, he's been ready for this opportunity for quite a while.

In a recent exclusive interview, Schwimer spoke of his hopes of earning a spot with the big club.

"I absolutely feel like I'm ready," Schwimer stated. "I feel like I've been ready for a while, but...it doesn't matter how I feel. It matters how the scouts feel and the talent evaluators feel and our GM feels. So, I hope they feel that way and I'm just gonna keep pitching to the best of my ability and hopefully that day comes soon."

Schwimer possesses a repertoire that includes a fastball, a plus slider and a solid change up. His fastball has ranged from 92-94 MPH in recent outings.

After being ranked at number 18 in the PhoulBallz.com/PhilliesNation off-season prospect rankings, Schwimer allowed 4 earned runs in 5 innings (7.20 ERA) in 4 games with the Phillies in Grapefruit League action this past spring.

As a new addition to the Phils' bullpen, expect to see Schwimer go hard at opponents when he gets the chance. He's a focused individual that is clearly gifted on the physical side. Combine that with his commanding "my time is now" attitude, and the team could be adding the next homegrown stud to their 'pen, joining the likes of Antonio Bastardo and Mike Stutes.
Link

Additional updates...
The short season NY-Penn League held its annual All-star Game on Tuesday evening in Lowell, Mass. The Phillies' club, the Williamsport Crosscutters, was represented well, as their entire starting outfield, Kyrell Hudson, Aaron Altherr and Kelly Dugan, made the National League club. Righty hurler Mike Nesseth and Dominican reliever Gabriel Arias also made the team.

Hudson, a 3rd round pick in 2009, went 1-for-2, with a single. Altherr, a 9th rounder in 2009, went 0-for-1, while Dugan, a 2nd rounder in 2009, did not play.

Nesseth, a 17th round draft choice last year, allowed 2 earned runs in 1 inning, while striking out 1. The right-handed Arias, a free agent acquisition back in 2007, tossed 2/3 scoreless inning.

_______________________________________________

You can follow PhoulBallz on Twitter by clicking HERE.

You can also connect with PhoulBallz on Facebook by clicking HERE.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #7 LHP JoJo Romero

JoJo Romero, image- Jay Floyd With a growing crop of very talented pitching prospects in the Phillies organization, left-hander JoJo Romero is certainly among the standouts. The five-foot-11 200-pounder was the Phils’ 4th round draft selection in 2016. That year he helped Yavapai College, the same school that the Phillies drafted Kenny Giles from in 2011, clinch the JuCo World Series, leading the way with an 11-5 record, a 3.64 ERA and a 10.2 K/9 mark. He also tossed a complete game gem to earn the win in their title game. After signing with the Phillies, Romero made his professional debut as a member of the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters. There, he notched a 2-2 record with a 2.56 ERA while striking out 31 and walking 11 in 45 2/3 innings. In 2017, he got off to a terrific start with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. In 13 starts, Romero tallied a 5-1 record with a 2.11 ERA and a 9.3 K/9 mark and was honored as a South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star. R

McGwire Stays Phony, Despite Admitting Drug Use

Mark McGwire made an effort to publicly come clean today, admitting to the world that he took performance enhancing drugs during his playing career. Steroids and human growth hormones were among the drugs that McGwire admitted to using. MLB Network featured a one on one interview with Bob Costas and McGwire on Monday evening. The broadcast was virtually garbage, thanks to McGwire. Ahead is a list of quotes from McGwire's interview. McGwire repeatedly stated his point of view that there were no dishonorable intentions involved when taking steroids, and that he was merely using them as a means to recover from varying ailments. When asked if he felt like he cheated... "As I look back now...I can see how people would say that. As far as the talent goes and the hand-eye coordination, the ability, the genetics I was given...I don't see it." "I did not take this for any strength purposes." Denial. Read on for similar B.S. He whined about the abuse he'

Diekman a Late Addition to Mesa AFL Roster

On Wednesday, Phillies lefty pitching prospect Jacob Diekman made his Arizona Fall League debut. Diekman, who was drafted in the 30th round of the 2007 amateur draft, was assigned to Mesa late, in order to increase his 2010 innings total, according to Mesa hitting coach Mark Parent, who managed Diekman in Lakewood this past season. Diekman, 23, posted a 2-0 record with 1.90 ERA in 21 games with Class A Lakewood before being promoted to High-A Clearwater on June 24th. In 24 games with the Threshers, Diekman went 0-2 with a 3.66 ERA. Combined, Diekman tossed 55 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .187 batting average against at two levels in 2010. However, after not pitching in an official game since he threw a shutout inning to wrap up the Clearwater season on September 5th, Diekman was unable to record an out as all seven batters he faced reached base, six with hits, one on an error. Diekman was charged with 5 earned runs in the outing. Diekman had spent time at instructional ball f