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Where Are They Now: Chris Schwinden

By Michael Lecolant

The answer is Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

In 2008, the Mets selected pitcher Chris Schwinden in the 22nd round of the June amateur draft.  He toiled in the Mets system until the Yankees claimed him off waivers in 2012.

Sep 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; A fan watches from the second-to-last row of the stadium during the first inning of a game between the New York Mets and the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After additional stops in Cleveland’s and Toronto’s system, Schwinden returned to the Mets and spent most of the 2013 season pitching for the AAA-Las Vegas 51s, where he made 28 starts and posted a 6-9 record with a 5.78 ERA.  In 146.1 innings, he allowed 188 hits and walked 45, while fanning 89 batters.

Chris has a total of 7 major league appearances and 6 starts.  He made his big league debut back in 2011.  He pitched in 4 games for the Mets that season, and posted an 0-2 record with a 4.71 ERA.  In 21 innings, he walked 6 and struck out 17 batters.  In 2013 he made 3 more appearances for the Mets, pitched 8.2 innings, and suffered a loss.

During Spring Training of this year, on March 24th, Schwinden was released by general manager Sandy Alderson.

He latched on to the Texas Rangers organization for 3 games, then found himself out of affiliated baseball.

Chris Schwinden, (who turned 28-years old this month), wound up signing with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the (independent) Atlantic League.

In 25 starts, Chris posted a 14-5 record with a 2.56 ERA.  In 164.2 innings, he allowed 163 hits, 32 walks, and struck out 105 batters.

Sunday afternoon, he pitched and won a decisive (first round) Game 5 over the heavily favored Somerset Patriots to help propel Lancaster into the Atlantic League championship series against the Sugar Land Skeeters.

Schwinden tossed a complete game masterpiece.  Over his 9 innings of work, he allowed 1 earned run on 7 hits and 1 walk.  He faced 36 batters, threw 137 pitches with 93 (68%) going for strikes, and fanned 7 Patriots.

He was a good kid.

Join me in wishing him luck in the championship series.