Joey Swinarski Commits To MSU

Class of 2014 outfielder Joey Swinarski, one of the top players in the nation, has committed to Mississippi State baseball.

  • Name: Joey Swinarski
  • Classification: 2014
  • High School: The First Academy (Winter Park, FL)
  • Position: Outfielder
  • HT:-WT: 6-foot-3, 190
  • B-T: Right-Right
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State. Also considered Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, South Carolina

    "I officially committed (Sunday) afternoon but I had decided about two days before that," said Swinarski. "I first called (MSU assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione and then I called (MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen. They were really excited and I was really excited about all of it."

    The power-hitting righthanded hitter explained why he chose Mississippi State over a host of other baseball powerhouses.

    "I was also being recruited by Ole Miss, South Carolina, UNC, Oklahoma State University, Florida, FSU and Miami," he said. "During the past three weeks, I visited three schools, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Carolina.

    "I had the best opportunity to hang out with the coaches and spend more time at Mississippi State because I spent three days there. What set them apart was that I already had an outstanding relationship with the coaching staff and I felt like my baseball career would be developed the best there. I was (also) very impressed with their facilities, the Palmeiro Center and the field there, and really all that they have going on there for the most part. I just felt like it was the best place for me to succeed in my baseball career."

    He went into more detail about his relationship with the Mississippi State coaching staff.

    "Coach Nick (Mingione) was my main recruiter," said Swinarski. "The first conversation that we had was about a half of an hour and we got really deep into things. I have never had a college coach be that interested in my life, not just my baseball life, but my (personal) life. It was important for me to find someone who was interested not only in my baseball career but my personal life as well. We just got along really well and it kind of clicked. I just felt really comfortable around him.

    "I first met Coach Cohen at the baseball camp. I probably spent three or four hours with him. We talked in-depth about the next step in baseball. We talked about the actual mechanics of baseball and the styles of teaching. I really liked his approach to everything. I felt like it was a good fit for me. He's a really nice guy. And like I said about Coach Nick, I felt very comfortable around him."

    He explained what the Mississippi State coaching staff liked the best about him as a baseball player.

    "They like my mental approach to hitting and that I understand my swing so well for a young player," said the talented youngster. "Most young hitters go up there and just hit, not really understanding the deep, in-depth stuff about hitting. I went in-depth with Coach Cohen about my mental approach to hitting. I learned all of that from Dante Bichette, who played for the (Colorado) Rockies (and other Major League teams) for 12 years."

    Coach Mingione saw his hitting first-hand during the 16U and 17U World Wood Bat Association World Championship in Marietta, Georgia this past summer.

    "I was at East Cobb (in Marietta, GA) this summer and they got to scout me then," said Swinarski. "I had two good events there (the 17U and the 16U). I made the 17 and under all-tournament team after batting around .415. That was the first time I contacted them and I kept in pretty close contact with them after that. I also went to a Mississippi State baseball camp about three weeks ago."

    He did well enough at the event that Perfect Game, who sponsors the two events, ranked him 99th among all class of 2014 prospects. He might even be ranked higher if he hadn't had surgery that has kept him out for a good part of a year.

    "I had Tommy John surgery about a year and four or five months ago," said Swinarski. "Due to that, I haven't played in any showcases. I have only played with my summer team, FTB. I had planned on attending the national underclassmen event in Minneapolis but I got hit on my throwing elbow a week before the event. I do plan on attending the POWER Showcase in December in Miami. That should be a big event for me."

    Swinarski joins MSU's other class of 2014 commitment, Dale Burdick (MIF, 6-0, 170, R/R) of Summit (Spring Hill, TN) High School.

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