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Nick Swisher

Nick Swisher
Name: Nicholas Thompson Swisher
Born: Nov 25, 1980 in Columbus, Ohio USA
High School: Parkersburg (W.Va.) HS
College: Ohio State
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 195 lbs
Bats: B / Throws: L
Drafted in the 1st round (16th overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2002 (signed for $1,780,000)
Swisher is the son of Steve Swisher, a 1973 first-round draft pick out of Ohio University and a one-time major league all-star catcher. They could become one of the few father-son combinations to be first-round picks. Nick hasn't shown the power scouts wanted to see this year, hitting just eight home runs, but he was pitched around quite a bit. He has a live, athletic body, strong hands and a fast bat. He has shown his raw power in batting practice from both sides of the plate. Swisher spent most of this season in the outfield to hone his athletic skills, but first base is his natural position. He has J.T. Snow-caliber skills there. Swisher played briefly with Team USA last summer before wrist surgery ended his season.
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