Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sickels takes a look at Schwinden

Photo by Michael Baron
In his prospect of the day post Jon Sickels takes a look at Mets pitcher Chris Schwinden.  Schwinden has often been referred to as a Dillon Gee type pitcher and it seems like Sickels describes him in a similar fashion.

A pitcher who flew under the radar and kept getting promoted based on success, instead of prospect rankings.  He relies on controlling off-speed pitches, looking for the corners and hitting his spots.

 Similar to Gee he looks like a fifth starter and/or long reliever...

There is nothing special about his velocity, his fastball is just in the 86-90 range. He mixes in a cutter, curveball, and changeup, relying on sharp command of his secondary pitches to succeed. He has little margin for error and needs a strong defense behind him, but there are pitchers with worse stuff who have made careers for themselves due to superior command, and he's shown the ability to make adjustments to higher level competition.

Schwinden really snuck up on us this year, but I don't see him as a total fluke. I think he projects as a fifth starter or long relief type as long as his command remains strong. Source Minor league ball