2011 Cardinals Prospect #24 – Jordan Swagerty

After an abbreviated 2010 debut, what role the second-rounder play and at what level in 2011? Today's article is FREE!

Scout.com Player Profile (including links to full 2010 and career stats)

2010 rank Pos. DOB Ht. Wt. Bat Thw Signed Round
NA RHP 7/14/1989 6-1 172 B R 2010 2nd

School: Arizona State University

Selected 2010 stats

AFL 0 1 3.60 4 0 0 5 7 4 0 0 3 1.20 0.318

Staff comments (individual rankings in parentheses)

Dustin Mattison (22): Swagerty was an interesting selection in the 2010 draft. The Cardinals organization seems well stocked in right handed relievers so it was surprising to see the team use its second round choice on the former Arizona State Sun Devil.

Swagerty has an elite arm with a fastball that can touch 96 and uses it in the 92-94 range. His best pitch is his curveball that might have been the best in the 2010 draft class. His changeup is a work in progress but has the makings of a potential average big league pitch.

He is only 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds so he has the body type of a reliever. In that role, Swagerty could quickly work his way through the system and contribute to the big league bullpen. I would like to see the Cardinals work him as a starter. That way he can build up some innings and get regular work.

I'm not sure if his body type can hold up to the rigors of the rotation. But with three pitches that grade out average or better, he could have the arsenal to be a big league starter.

Message board community (32): Swagerty makes an unusually low entry ranking for a second round pick in a weak system who did nothing to show he didn't deserve to be picked so highly. Of course that is part of the problem. He signed late so he also did nothing to confirm his second round selection. (He did pitch reasonably well in the Arizona Fall League in a brief appearance). Another knock on Swagerty is that many think his potential is strictly as a reliever despite the Cardinals insisting he will get every chance to make it as a starter.

Swagerty is said to posses a curve ball that is considered an out pitch and near major league ready. If he stays as a reliever, he could move extremely quickly through the system, though as a starter he will need more time to refine his other pitches. Swagerty most likely will start at Quad Cities though I would say based on his holding his own in the AFL that Palm Beach is a possibility as well. - CariocaCardinal

Brian Walton (25): After he pitched a full collegiate season, Swagerty was treated with kid gloves by the Cardinals. He did not appear in the regular summer season and I was further disappointed when I could not see him pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

Swagerty had quickly been withdrawn from action upon suffering what was called a minor oblique pull. While there is certainly nothing wrong with that, here is hoping that is not an indicator of the need to baby him in the future. As noted, Swagerty doesn't have a large build. While that alone should not matter, durability is an area to keep an eye on.

Swagerty's AFL pitching coach, Brad Holman from the Texas Rangers organization, actually saw a bit of a positive in the pitcher's injury. It gave him the opportunity to work with the youngster on some of the mental aspects of the game as the 21-year-old moves from collegian to professional.

"With Jordan, it is getting him to change his perspective on the approach he takes, his sequences and attacking hitters," Holman said. "He is definitely capable of pitching at this level. It is just a matter of going up through the proper ranks and waiting his turn. His stuff is very good."

Our 2011 top 40 countdown continues: To see our entire list of 40 Cardinals prospects, click here. You can also read each of the voters' philosophies in making their selections.

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