In the summer, Chris Swauger wears the cap of the Johnson City Cardinals, where the 29-year-old will begin his second season as manager next month.
In the spring, however, the former outfielder wears two different caps. One is as camp coordinator for St. Louis’ extended spring training camp, with the other the manager of the Red squad. The latter is made up of the less-experienced 35 or so players participating in EST, including all of the ones who have come over to the US from the organization’s Dominican Republic academy for 2016.
In Part 1 of the following interview, exclusive for members of The Cardinal Nation, Swauger spends 13:45 going deep on several topics. He opens with a review of the EST calendar and explains the difference between the White and Red squads. He then moves into a discussion of a number of the young arms on the Red team – from new arrivals such as Juan Alvarez and Franyel Casadilla to 2015 draftees Jordan Hicks and Ian Oxnevad to two starters he managed at Johnson City, Ronnie Williams and Bryan Dobzanski – plus others, too.
In Part 2, coming soon for TCN members, Swauger will review position players on the Red team in EST. Part 3 covers catchers and a few unheralded players. Throughout, the focus of player development – to help players improve – comes across loud and clear.
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