As Palm Beach Cardinals pitcher Jordan Swagerty on his blog on Tuesday, "With a few outings under my belt now it has been a little more difficult than I expected… "
The 24-year-old, with six appearances in the Florida State League after a pair of Gulf Coast League outings, is not yet fully back from Tommy John surgery, and in fact, is struggling. The right-hander has yielded 10 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings for a 13.50 ERA with Palm Beach. His most recent outing was on July 22.
The next day, on July 23, Swagerty was placed on the seven-day disabled list with an undisclosed injury. When I can learn more about his condition, I will update this post.
Became a Cardinal
Selected in the second round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, 75th overall. Signed for a reported $625,000 on August 16, 2010.
Required early April surgery to remove bone chips and transplant UCL (Tommy John surgery) in right, throwing elbow. Placed on 60-day disabled list.
Earned two promotions during the season. He began in Quad Cities’ rotation and ended in Springfield’s bullpen. In between, he started and relieved for Palm Beach, with the shift made to keep his innings under control. Overall, he struck out 89 in 93 2/3 innings with a spotless 1.83 ERA.
Made his professional debut in the Arizona Fall League (0-1, 3.60 ERA, 5.0 IP) before being pulled out due to a minor injury.
As a draft-eligible sophomore, he was a First-Team All-Pac-10 selection with a conference-leading 14 saves and a 2.05 ERA. Previously selected in the 44th round by the Colorado Rockies in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft.
The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Top Prospect: 2014 #29, 2013 #11, 2012 #10, 2011 #24
The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Palm Beach Cardinals Starting Pitcher of the Year: 2011
The Cardinal Nation and Cardinals organization Pitcher of the Month: April 2011