Crew Signs Speedster, Lefty Specialist

Milwaukee's latest additions are speedy infielder-outfielder Jason Bourgeois, who was invited to big league camp, and left-handed reliever R.J. Swindle, who inked a major league deal and joined the 40-man roster.

Milwaukee announced two interesting signings, adding speed with infielder-outfielder Jason Bourgeois and one of the softest of soft tossers in left-handed reliever R.J. Swindle.

The Brewers inked Bourgeois to a minor league deal with an invitation to big-league camp.

The right-handed hitter batted .286 in the International League with Charlotte, a Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, in 2008. He played mostly in left field, clubbing nine homers among his 37 extra-base hits and stealing 30 bases in 41 attempts while playing 127 games (146 for 510). He finished with a .335 on-base percentage, .404 slugging and .638 OPS.

The Texas native was originally a second-round choice of the Rangers in 2000 and played in their system until Atlanta claimed him in March 2005. Seattle then grabbed him in the 2005 Rule 5 draft late that year, and he signed with Chicago in December 2006.

Bourgeois has played all three outfield positions as well as second base, shortstop and third base. He was hitting .373 and had a .448 OBP during his first 13 outings in the Mexican Winter League through Nov. 23.

R.J. Swindle

The 6-foot-3-inch Swindle, who reportedly throws a 55 mph curveball, was signed to a major league deal and joins Mitch Stetter as a situational southpaw option in the bullpen, filling the 35th spot on the 40-man roster—not counting Salomon Torres, who hasn't filed his official retirement papers.

The former 14th-round draft selection of Boston in 2004, Swindle also played in the Yankees and Phillies systems during four minor-league campaigns. In 2008, the Vancouver native and Charleston Southern graduate split his time between Reading of the Eastern League and Lehigh Valley of the International League.

He combined to go 3-1 with a 1.53 earned-run average in 38 games covering 53 innings. He allowed 41 hits, nine runs and only eight walks while fanning 67. He made three appearances for Philadelphia, allowing four runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings.

He played in the South Atlantic and Florida State leagues in 2007, compiling a 2-2 mark and 2.25 ERA in 44 innings with 57 strikeouts and eight walks.

Swindle, who also represented Team Canada in the Beijing Olympics, is currently performing in the Venezuelan Winter League, where he had accumulated a 3-0 record, 3.18 ERA and 17 whiffs in 13 contests covering 17 innings through Nov. 22.


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