Phillies Prospect #22: Michael Schwimer

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Michael Schwimer has had his ups and downs with the Phillies, but through all of the downs, a good spring training could put him in the Phillies bullpen.

Michael Schwimer

Position: Relief Pitcher
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Birthday/Age: February 19, 1986 (26)
Ht/Wt: 6' 8", 240 pounds

How he became a Phillie: Drafted by the Phillies in the 14th round of the 2008 Draft.

Repertoire: Schwimer has the obligatory fastball, which is in the low-90s and he generally has good command of the pitch. He doesn't get a lot of movement out of his fastball, but occasionally gets just enough for it to be a truly effective pitch for him. What can make Schwimer tough to hit is his slider that does have a lot of movement, although he lacks the command of the pitch that he has over his fastball. Schwimer will also throw a change-up, which is an average pitch for him, but when he mixes his pitches effectively, he gets some mileage out of the pitch.

Scouting Report: The biggest thing holding Schwimer back might be Michael Schwimer himself. He has gotten into a couple of, shall we say, disagreements with the Phillies and some find it surprising that he's still in the organization and not dealt away in a deal. The last, and perhaps biggest issue, was last season when the Phillies told Schwimer they were sending him down to Lehigh Valley and he promptly announced he was hurt. The Phillies examined him and said he was okay and Schwimer then sought a second opinion that also said he was good-to-go. All of that delayed his arrival at Lehigh Valley. The fact that the Phillies still have him around says something about his potential. He can be a downright nasty pitcher, but lacks consistency. When he's got command of his slider, it's easy to see closer potential in him, but he simply doesn't have enough command of the pitch to be a true back of the bullpen type reliever and without it, he's just ordinary.

Ceiling: Depending on what he gathers as far as control, will determine how far Schwimer can go. If he develops consistency, he's set-up quality, at the minimum. If not, he's likely a journeyman type reliever.

ETA: Schwimer has already spent some time in the majors, but is going to have to fight for a big league bullpen job in spring training. It won't be easy for him to win a spot, since there are some established relievers ahead of him and young relievers who are pushing him from behind. Spring training could tell a lot about where Schwimer will be in 2013.

Year Team W L ERA G SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 SO/BB
2 Seasons 3 2 4.62 47 0 48.2 45 26 25 5 23 52 1.397 8.3 0.9 2.26
2011 Philadelphia 1 1 5.02 12 0 14.1 15 8 8 2 7 16 1.535 9.4 1.3 2.29
2012 Philadelphia 2 1 4.46 35 0 34.1 30 18 17 3 16 36 1.340 7.9 0.8 2.25
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/24/2013.

 

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