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Anthony Swarzak

28-Year-Old Pitcher – Minnesota Twins

2014 Stats

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1-0

ERA

5.40

WHIP

1.40

K

7

SV

0

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Swarzak had a productive season in long relief for the Twins in 2013, posting a 2.91 ERA over 96 innings out of the bullpen; and while he doesn't typically strike batters out, his 6.5 K/9 mark was the...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 208   DOB: 9/10/1985   BORN: Fort Lauderdale, FL   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Anthony Swarzak Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $935,000 contract with the Twins in January of 2014, avoiding arbitration.

April 12, 2014  –  Anthony Swarzak News

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Swarzak threw a scoreless inning in Friday's win over Kansas City. After giving up six runs in his first two appearances over 1.2 innings, he's thrown 2.1 scoreless innings in his last two outings.

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Anthony Swarzak Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2005 19 A For 10 10 0 59.0 72 24 3 55 11 3 4 0 3.66 1.41
2005 19 A Bel 18 18 0 91.1 81 41 7 101 32 9 5 0 4.04 1.24
2006 20 A A 27 27 1 145.2 131 53 8 131 60 11 7 0 3.27 1.32
2007 21 A For 3 3 0 15.7 14 4 0 18 5 0 0 0 2.30 1.21
2007 21 AA NEW 15 14 0 86.3 78 31 6 76 23 5 4 0 3.23 1.17
2008 22 AA NEW 20 20 0 101.7 126 64 12 76 37 3 8 0 5.67 1.60
2008 22 AAA ROC 7 7 0 45.0 41 9 4 26 14 5 0 0 1.80 1.22
2009 23 AAA ROC 13 13 0 79.7 79 29 4 45 21 4 5 0 3.28 1.26
2009 23 MAJ MIN 12 12 0 59.0 76 41 12 34 20 3 7 0 6.25 1.63
2010 24 AAA Roc 22 22 0 111.2 143 77 14 69 38 5 12 0 0 0 6.21 1.63
2011 25 AAA Roc 6 6 0 32.1 35 14 3 25 7 2 1 0 0 0 3.90 1.31
2011 25 MAJ MIN 27 11 0 102.0 111 49 9 55 26 4 7 0 0 0 4.32 1.34
2012 26 MAJ MIN 44 5 0 96.7 106 54 15 62 31 3 6 0 1 1 5.03 1.42
2013 27 MAJ MIN 48 0 0 96.0 89 31 7 69 22 3 2 0 2 3 2.91 1.16
2014 28 MAJ MIN 8 0 0 10.0 10 6 0 7 4 1 0 0 1 0 5.40 1.40
3-Year Averages MAJ   39 5 0 98.2 102 44 10 62 26 3 5 0 1 1 4.03 1.30
Career  (View All) MAJ   139 28 0 363.7 392 181 43 227 103 14 22 0 4.48 1.36

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Anthony Swarzak Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 23 @TB 2.3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.40 1.40
Apr. 17 Tor 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 7.04 1.70
Apr. 15 Tor 1.7 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 8.10 1.95
Apr. 11 KC 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 10.80 2.20
Apr. 9 Oak 1.3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 13.50 2.75
Apr. 6 @Cle 1.3 5 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 20.25 3.75
Apr. 3 @CWS 0.3 3 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 27.00 3.75
Mar. 31 @CWS 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Last 14 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 1.5 IP/G
6.0 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0.00 0.50
Last 30 Days
8 Games:  Avg. 1.3 IP/G
10.0 10 6 6 0 4 7 0 0 0 1-0 0 1 0 5.40 1.40
Last 60 Days
8 Games:  Avg. 1.3 IP/G
10.0 10 6 6 0 4 7 0 0 0 1-0 0 1 0 5.40 1.40

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Anthony Swarzak Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2013186281345537.268
20121903217431307.254
2011244291756726.253

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201320141944510.233
2012223301463908.309
2011197269551203.301

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201350.7210361043.551.11
201247.0120341054.021.30
201167.0160351664.841.43

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201345.3110331232.181.21
201249.72402821105.981.53
201135.0310201033.341.17
Anthony Swarzak Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2005 19 A For 10 10 59.0 8.39 1.68 5.00 0.46 73.8% 3.66 2.56 .383
2005 19 A Bel 18 18 91.1 9.98 3.16 3.16 0.69 67.9% 4.04 3.04 .322
2006 20 A A 27 27 145.2 8.12 3.72 2.18 0.50 75.4% 3.27 3.37 .306
2007 21 A For 3 3 15.7 10.34 2.87 3.60 0.00 78.9% 2.30 2.05 .348
2007 21 AA NEW 15 14 86.3 7.92 2.40 3.30 0.63 73.7% 3.23 3.32 .301
2008 22 AA NEW 20 20 101.7 6.73 3.28 2.05 1.06 65.6% 5.67 4.42 .351
2008 22 AAA ROC 7 7 45.0 5.20 2.80 1.86 0.80 90.2% 1.80 4.40 .268
2009 23 AAA ROC 13 13 79.7 5.08 2.37 2.14 0.45 74% 3.28 3.63 .295
2009 23 MAJ MIN 12 12 59.0 5.19 3.05 1.70 1.83 0.87 65.5% 90.3 MPH 6.25 5.74 .326
2010 24 AAA Roc 22 22 111.2 5.58 3.08 1.82 1.13 62.3% 6.21 4.76 .345
2011 25 AAA Roc 6 6 32.1 7.01 1.96 3.57 0.84 71.8% 3.90 3.51 .328
2011 25 MAJ MIN 27 11 102.0 4.85 2.29 2.12 0.79 0.92 68.8% 91.3 MPH 4.32 4.21 .305
2012 26 MAJ MIN 44 5 96.7 5.77 2.89 2.00 1.40 1.22 68% 92.2 MPH 5.03 4.90 .302
2013 27 MAJ MIN 48 0 96.0 6.47 2.06 3.14 0.66 1.31 76.9% 92.0 MPH 2.91 3.43 .289
2014 28 MAJ MIN 8 0 10.0 6.30 3.60 1.75 0.00 0.86 57.1% 92.4 MPH 5.40 3.00 .321
3-Year Averages MAJ   39 5 98.2 5.68 2.38 2.38 0.92 71.2% 4.03 4.06 .300
Career MAJ   139 28 363.7 5.62 2.55 2.20 1.06 69.5% 4.48 4.37 .304

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2014 Stat Review for Anthony Swarzak    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2013 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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1.75 K/BB
TERRIBLE
6.30 K/9
POOR
3.60 BB/9
POOR
92.4 MPH Fastball
WEAK
0.0 HR/9
ELITE
0.86 GB/FB Ratio
BALANCED
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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5.40 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.40 WHIP
TERRIBLE
3.00 FIP
GOOD
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.321 BABIP
HIGH
57.1% Strand Rate
LOW

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Career Pitcher vs. Batter Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Worst Matchups for Anthony Swarzak (by OPS against, min 4 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Marlon Byrd PHI 5 3 2 3 1 0 0 .600 1.800 2.467
Curtis Granderson NY-N 7 5 2 3 1 1 0 .714 1.571 2.321
Jason Kipnis CLE 11 6 0 2 1 1 0 .545 1.091 1.674
David Ortiz BOS 6 3 1 2 0 2 0 .500 1.167 1.667
Shin-Soo Choo TEX 6 3 1 3 1 0 0 .500 1.167 1.667
Ryan Sweeney CHI-N 4 3 0 0 0 1 0 .750 .750 1.500
Ezequiel Carrera DET 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 .500 1.000 1.500
Billy Butler KC 13 7 1 5 3 0 1 .538 .846 1.471
Ryan Braun MIL 7 4 0 1 0 0 0 .571 .857 1.429
Brennan Boesch ANA 6 3 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .833 1.333

Best Matchups for Anthony Swarzak (by OPS against, min 4 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
David Lough BAL 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Matt Wieters BAL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jeff Mathis MIA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Alfonso Soriano NY-A 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Geovany Soto TEX 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Drew Stubbs COL 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Sam Fuld MIN 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jarrod Dyson KC 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Mitch Moreland TEX 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Trayvon Robinson LA 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

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Anthony Swarzak: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Swarzak signed a one-year, $935,000 contract with the Twins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

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Swarzak threw a scoreless 10th inning to earn a win Monday against Detroit. It was his first appearance since Sept. 19 as he had been away from the team for a few days for a personal issue.

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Swarzak (personal) will be away from the team for the rest of the weekend, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Swarzak is a candidate to make a start Friday or Saturday if Sam Deduno (biceps) can't pitch, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Swarzak was roughed up for the second straight outing, allowing four hits and four earned runs in one inning Tuesday.

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Swarzak threw 3.1 scoreless innings in Saturday's loss to Cleveland to lower his ERA to 2.77.

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Swarzak gave up four runs on three hits, three walks and a home run in just 1.2 innings in Saturday's loss to Boston. His ERA rose to 4.15.

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Swarzak (ribs) was activated from the 15-day DL on Sunday.

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Swarzak (ribs) will have his rehab delayed for a few days after having his wisdom teeth removed Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Swarzak (ribs) threw 50 pitches Tuesday over four innings in extended spring training, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Swarzak reprised his role as a swingman in Minnesota's bullpen making five starts and posting a better numbers as a reliever (4.05 ERA), but there was not too much to get excited about. He has underwhelming strikeout rates (5.8 K/9) and neither his control nor groundball rates are impressive enough to overcome his lack of missed bats. He is also struggled to keep the ball in the park in his career, giving up 15 homers last season. He may enter the spring with a long-relief job again, but it is hard to see where he finds a prominent role.

2012

After a disappointing 2010 season in Triple-A, Swarzak had a surprisingly productive season as a spot starter and longer reliever and enters 2012 with an outside shot at winning a spot in the rotation. Swarzak started the season slow at Triple-A with a 4.87 ERA and then was hit hard in a spot start for the Twins in April. He got another shot amid several injuries and had strong outings in his next four starts (2.08 ERA) which led to him making the rotation in late August, where he struggled with a 5.85 ERA. In between, he worked in long relief and had a decent overall 4.32 ERA. However, he had a poor strikeout rate (4.85 K/9IP) and his strikeout rates were never impressive in the minors. He also was helped by a below average BAPIP (.292) and low HR/FB rate (6.2 percent). He may win a swingman role again, but he's unlikely to duplicate even last year's moderate success.

2011

A few years ago Swarzak was seen as a top prospect for the Twins with a plus fastball and curveball in the low minors, but his career appears to have regressed. He struggled in his first trip to the majors in 2009 and began last season at Triple-A where he again averaged less than six strikeouts per nine innings while still having problems with the long ball. He missed six weeks after breaking a toe in mid April, so injuries may have been a factor. However, he'll need a strong season at Triple-A before he's considered a possible impact player in the majors again.

2010

Swarzak got his first taste of the majors last season when injuries created a spot in the Minnesota rotation and he started strong by going 4-4 with a 3.74 ERA in his first eight starts. He then faded quickly and went 0-4 with a 14.85 ERA in August and was moved to the bullpen. In the lower minors, Swarzak was praised for having outstanding stuff with a plus fastball and curveball, but his strikeout rates have continued to decline as he's moved to higher levels. He averaged less than six strikeouts per nine innings in both Triple-A and the majors last season, which limits his ceiling. He also gave up too many home runs in the majors, but that wasn't a problem in the minors. He could begin the season in the Triple-A rotation or at the back end of the Minnesota bullpen and is one of the top two or three options should an opening arise in the Minnesota rotation.

2009

Swarzak may have the best stuff of any Minnesota pitching prospect with a plus fastball and curve ball, but his stock fell slightly after a up-and-down season. He struggled at Double-A last season where his control slipped, but still got a promotion to Triple-A and thrived by going 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA. However, his numbers at Triple-A may look a little rosy with just a 26:14 K:BB ratio in 45 innings. He could fight for a spot in the Minnesota bullpen as early as next spring, but most likely begins the year in Triple-A. At just 23, he still has a lot of upside, but his declining ratios cooled his white-hot prospect status.

2008

Swarzak is perhaps Minnesota's top pitching prospect with a mid-90s fastball that has produced strong strikeout rates. He improved his control last season and at age 21 was a little young for his competition. However, he served a 50-game suspension for a second violation of baseball's drug policy for a "drug of abuse" (not a performance enhancing drug, but cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines or other narcotics). If he can avoid problems off the field, a strong start at Double-A could see him in the majors late in 2008. He's one to grab in keeper leagues.

2007

Swarzak, a second-round pick in 2004 out of high school, could rise to the top of Minnesota's list of pitching prospects after his solid year at high-A. He needs to refine his mechanics a bit more and sharpen his control, but improved as the season went on and posted a 7-2 record and 1.66 ERA in his last 10 starts. A strong season at Double-A could make him a factor in the big leagues in 2008.

2006

Swarzak, a second-round pick in 2004 out of high school in Florida, has only above average stuff, but very good command. He posted a 55/11 K/BB ratio at High-A and then continued to impress with a 101/32 K/BB ratio at Double-A. A strong full year at Double-A could make him a factor at the big league level as soon as 2007.