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“One thing I think gives him the edge is the way he goes about his business and his composure toward the game,” catcher Franco Valdes said. “The minute he walks out of the pen with the way he carries himself, it’s a mental win. Most teams when they see him are like, ‘Oh [no], here comes Michael Schwimer. The game is over.’”
Added O’Connor: “He’s aggressive. He attacks hitters with his best stuff. He’s just got the perfect mentality to be pitching at the end of the game.”
O’Connor believes Schwimer will earn an opportunity to thrive at the pro level, and Schwimer said he has heard from several clubs of late leading up to next week’s draft.
He will be selected at some point; when is another matter altogether. His size makes him an appealing prospect, though he doesn’t have the leverage to return to school as he did a year ago.
“I don’t think he’s the prototypical closer,” said Matt Blood, an assistant editor at Baseball America. “He only throws around 90, and that’s not what a team will look for in a closer. … I see him as a middle-round guy mainly because he’s not a closer and not a starter. Teams aren’t going to reach for a senior who can’t fill that closer void.”
Going somewhere between the 10th and 20th rounds, about where Blood projected Schwimer, wouldn’t be much different than where he might have been selected last season.
In the interim, he has earned a degree and showed the ability to finish off games - and further validated a decision he knew was best from the start.
“This has been the best year of my life,” Schwimer said. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything. There’s no way playing minor league baseball would be better than this.”
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Patrick Stevens has covered Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic college sports for more than a decade. You can reach him at email@example.com.
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