2016 Draft Class Update— Matt Swarmer, RHP
A starter his final two years at Kutztown University, Swarmer was the Cubs 19th round pick, tabbing the Division II arm with the 584th pick. The ace of the Golden Bears staff fanned 85 hitters in 58.1 innings, making 10 starts and going 3-5 with a 3.70 ERA his senior season. Swarmer had a big summer in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League and showcased his command and a fastball in the uppers 80s and a plus slider. The 23-year-old signed his deal in mid-July and made his professional debut on July 16 in the Arizona Rookie League for Mesa. The right-hander made five starts in his eight appearances, fanning six three times and tossing a career-high four innings against the Padres. The 6-foot-5 right-hander tossed 18.2 innings in his first pro season, issuing nine walks while fanning 23. Swarmer should be part of the Eugene rotation when short-season starts in June.
Caribbean World Series
Cuba opened play with a 4-0 win over the Dominican Republic. CF Roel Santos doubled, tripled, knocked in a pair and scored once in the win. Lazaro Blanco fanned six in 6.1 shutout innings and Livan Moineio blanked the DR over the final 2.2 frames for the save. Former Cubs farmhand Ivan Pineyro took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits in 4.1 innings. In the second game of the night, Mexico scored three times in the bottom of the seventh and beat Puerto Rico 4-2. Chris Roberson smacked a two-run homer to lead Mexico.