After using Eric Hacker in relief last night, the Twins will call upon Anthony Swarzak to start the second game of today’s doubleheader. Formerly a second-round pick out of Nova High School (in Davie, Florida), the Twins wrestled him away from Louisiana State University because of his power arsenal. Swarzak is a rarity for the Twins in that his stuff is really the best thing he has going, with a fastball that can touch the mid-90s and classic breaker.
A statement like that may imply gaudy strikeout rates and minor league domination—however Swarzak’s stuff has never matched his results. His career Triple-A per-nine ratios include 5.4 strikeouts and 2.8 walks—combining for an unimpressive sub-2 strikeout-to-walk rate. Even Swarzak’s earned run average, which has known to serve as an alibi for good stuff regardless of shoddy periphs, sits at 4.42.
Anything can happen in one start—particularly a virginal matchup—but Swarzak does not seem like the kind of pitcher with which the Rays struggle to hit.