Last season coming off his elbow surgery, Zavada was dropped to Double-A Mobile, where he remained the rest of the year. There, he logged a 3.43 ERA with 46 strikeouts and 21 walks in 60 1/3 innings.
The Streator, Illinois native's only major league experience came with the 2009 Diamondbacks. That season, Zavada pitched in 49 games, all in relief. He logged a 3.35 ERA to go with 52 strikeouts and 24 walks in 51 innings.
Arizona's 30th round draft pick in 2006 has followed an unusual career path. Zavada was released by that organization in late 2007 and pitched briefly in the independent Frontier League with Southern Illinois in early 2008 before re-signing with Arizona that June.
Taken by the Red Sox in the 14th round in 2004, Swindle then pitched in independent ball in each of the next three years after being released by the Sox and Yankees. The Vancouver-born hurler also pitched in the 2006 Beijing Olympics for Team Canada and in the Venezuelan Winter League. He then joined the Phillies system in 2007 and 2008. Swindle threw in Triple-A for the Brewers and Indians in 2009 and with Durham, the Tampa Bay Rays' Triple-A club, in each of the last two seasons.
Swindle appeared in a total of nine major league games, three with the 2008 Phillies and six with the Brewers the next season. He was hammered in both stints, with a career MLB ERA of 12.71 in 11 1/3 mound innings.
With Memphis in 2012, Swindle wasn't particularly effective against Pacific Coast League hitters. In 11 1/3 innings over 13 games, his ERA as 4.76. Swindle fanned 11, walked three and gave up three enemy home runs. The trend was not good as he yielded five runs over his final four outings wearing the Redbirds uniform.
Other left-handers in the Memphis pen include Nick Greenwood and Barret Browning plus the new arrival from Double-A, Sam Freeman. Starter Nick Additon also throws from the port side.
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