Earlier this week, I compared Chris Schwinden to Dillon Gee. The comparisons are hard to avoid: Gee was a 21st round pick in 2007 and Schwinden a 22nd rounder in 2008. Neither dominated minor league competition, but they both throw lots of strikes and developed additional weapons, including a cutter in the high minors.
Again, here is the pair's AAA numbers:
|Gee 10 AAA||4.96||28/28||161.3||174||96||89||23||41||165||2.3||9.2||4.0||1.3||9.7|
|Schwinden 11 AAA||3.95||26/26||145.67||138||71||64||14||48||134||3.0||8.3||2.8||0.9||8.5|
It's not just the numbers. As quoted by Andy McCullough in the Star Ledger today, Mike Nickeas said of Gee and Schwinden, "“Stuff-wise, they’re similar.” Nice piece by McCullough.
Also, Mike Newman (of scoutingthesally.com fame) writing at Fangraphs today has a funny piece about why he missed on Schwinden, who he nicknamed "Family Night," when Schwinden was pitching for the Gnats.
Schwinden is trying to prove he can stick at the back end of a big league rotation. From a 22nd round pick, that's already a nice return.