Anthony Swarzak
Anthony Swarzak
34-Year-Old PitcherRP
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Swarzak took over a partial share of the closer job in Seattle after Hunter Strickland went down, but wild inconsistency led to him being traded to Atlanta, where he served initially as a setup man. The 34-year-old recorded a 4.56 ERA last year, but his 5.71 FIP was the second-worst mark of his career. Swarzak recorded an 11.8% swinging-strike rate despite middling fastball velocity, but there was no shortage of damage done when hitters did connect (2.03 HR/9). It's telling that his HR/9 rate, which ranked fourth worst among qualified relievers, was actually Swarzak's second-best rate in the past four seasons. The right-hander eventually shifted to more of a middle-innings role, earning only one hold in his final 14 appearances. Given the lack of swing and miss coupled with the home-run problems, Swarzak seems unlikely to land a multi-year deal in free agency. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Phillies in June of 2020. Released by the Phillies in July of 2020.
Released by Phillies again
PFree Agent  
July 20, 2020
Swarzak was released by the Phillies on Monday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Swarzak had been released back in late June before immediately being re-signed, but it appears his release this time will be more permanent. The 34-year-old is coming off a pair of seasons in which he recorded ERAs of 6.15 and 4.56, with FIPs well above 5.00 in both seasons, making him unlikely to be a particularly appealing option on the open market.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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-6%
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-11%
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-7%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .270 129 37 16 30 3 2 10
Since 2018vs Right .255 221 46 25 50 2 0 8
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .271 82 27 12 19 2 1 5
2019vs Right .241 152 25 15 33 2 0 7
2018vs Left .268 47 10 4 11 1 1 5
2018vs Right .288 69 21 10 17 0 0 1
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-37%
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-53%
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-23%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.92 1.54 39.0 1 3 4 8.1 4.8 2.1
Since 2018Away 6.20 1.50 40.2 2 3 4 10.6 4.4 2.0
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 2.78 1.41 22.2 1 1 2 7.5 4.8 1.6
2019Away 5.87 1.53 30.2 2 3 2 9.7 4.4 2.3
2018Home 5.51 1.71 16.1 0 2 2 8.8 5.0 2.8
2018Away 7.20 1.40 10.0 0 0 2 13.5 4.5 0.9
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Swarzak struggled in his first season with the Mets after signing a two-year, $14 million contract in December of 2017. The veteran right-hander appeared in just 29 games in 2018 thanks to oblique and shoulder injuries, struggling to a 6.15 ERA and 1.60 WHIP across 26.1 innings when healthy. While Swarzak struck out more than a quarter of the batters he faced (26.7%) for a third consecutive season, that came with a HR/9 over 2.0 and a career-worst 4.8 BB/9. The 33-year-old converted four of his five save chances throughout the season, though a shoulder injury prevented him from sticking in the ninth inning following Jeurys Familia's departure. Traded to the Mariners in the Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz deal, Swarzak appears in line for saves in 2019, though it seems likely that the M's will eventually dump him too as part of their teardown.
Last season was a career year for Swarzak, who set career bests in nearly every pitching category. His stellar campaign began with the White Sox, and concluded with the Brewers following a midseason trade. He assumed the role of setup man in Milwaukee the rest of the way, providing a reliable relief option in front of closer Corey Knebel that the team previously lacked. A fastball that sat close to 95 MPH -- the best mark of his career -- made his hard slider even more deceptive, and the results were a stellar 91 strikeouts and a WHIP far better than he had ever posted before. Swarzak's season earned him a multi-year deal with the Mets in free agency during the winter, but his path to saves currently includes two obstacles with Jeurys Familia and A.J. Ramos in tow.
After spending parts of six seasons in the AL Central, Swarzak took his talents to the Bronx and signed with the Yankees shortly before the start of spring training. He split time in the minors as both a starter and reliever, and while he wasn't dominant in either role, he was able to play his way onto the big league roster for a large portion of the season. The 31-year-old saw his average fastball velocity spike up to 93.4 mph in his latest major league stint, and he was able to leverage that into a 9.0 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9, marks that were the best of his career. There was plenty of bad, however, as he also allowed 10 home runs in just 31 innings en route to a 5.52 ERA and 6.11 FIP. He'll compete for a low-leverage bullpen role with the White Sox during spring training, although this situation offers very little fantasy upside even if he does make the 25-man roster.
Swarzak took a massive step back in 2014, with his ERA jumping by nearly 170 points, which was in large part due to his regression against right-handed hitters. Opposing right-handers hit .293/.333/.435 against Swarzak, up from .233/.270/.270 in 2013. He also saw a sharp drop in his strikeout rate, as his K/9 average plummeted to 4.9 from 6.5 K/9 in 2013. Still, Swarzak possesses a rubber arm that can work in a swing role and still had decent velocity with an average 92 mph fastball. He could find a swingman role again in 2015 after signing a minor league deal with the Indians in January.
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 best of his career. The Twins have said they like Swarzak in the long relief role and he has not been a candidate for the starting rotation recently, but that thinking could change during the spring depending on the number of open spots the team has available heading into Opening Day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Joins player pool
PPhiladelphia Phillies  
July 3, 2020
Swarzak was added to the Phillies' 60-man player pool Friday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
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Released and re-signed
PPhiladelphia Phillies  
June 29, 2020
The Phillies released Swarzak but plan to re-sign him Monday, pending league approval, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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Relief competition thins
PPhiladelphia Phillies  
March 27, 2020
Swarzak may have a clearer path to a roster spot after the Phillies demoted four other pitchers Thursday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Inks deal with Philly
PPhiladelphia Phillies  
February 4, 2020
Swarzak signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies on Tuesday worth $1.5 million if he makes the 26-man roster, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
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Returns from injury
PAtlanta Braves  
July 12, 2019
Swarzak (shoulder) will be activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Friday's game against San Diego, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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