Since his early April 2012 Tommy John surgery, Swagerty has thrown just 10 2/3 innings before being shut down last summer. After that rough stretch at A-Advanced Palm Beach, he returned home rather than continue to pitch in instructional league. Considering that, the Cardinals demonstrated a high level of optimism by bringing him to 2014 major league spring training camp as a non-roster invitee.
Swagerty was the team's second-round pick in the 2010 draft from Arizona State University. He has reached as high as Double-A, where he pitched in nine games back in 2011. Before his injury, Swagerty was a top 10 prospect in the Cardinals system. The Cardinal Nation ranked him 29th coming into 2014.
In our current roster prediction series, I had penciled Swagerty into the Springfield bullpen. If he is unable to open the season on an active roster, it would open a Double-A spot for another hurler.
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