• Full name Nicholas Edwards Swiney
  • Born 02/12/1999 in Nashville, TN
  • Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 185 / Bats: R / Throws: L
  • School North Carolina State
  • Drafted in the 2C round (67th overall) by the San Francisco Giants in 2020 (signed for $1,200,000).
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    A reliever for North Carolina State during his first two seasons in Raleigh, Swiney has always racked up plenty of strikeouts (career 13.6 per nine rate) with the Wolfpack but struggled to consistently throw strikes as a freshman and sophomore. Swiney walked more than five batters per nine innings in his first two seasons but took a big step forward in the control department in 2020, when he transitioned to the team’s Friday night starting role. Swiney was dominant in his first four outings, posting a 1.29 ERA in 28 innings while striking out 42 batters and walking just six. His 15 strikeouts against Purdue on Feb. 29 were the most by an NC State pitcher in a single game since Carlos Rodon in 2014. Swiney doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but his three-pitch mix is solid, and it plays up with a bit of funk in his delivery. His fastball gets up to 93-94 mph at its best, but early this season it was anywhere from 87-92 consistently. After his fastball, Swiney has two solid secondaries including a curveball that could be an above-average pitch and a changeup that he’s increasingly become more comfortable throwing. Swiney was trending in the right direction and showing he could handle a starting role, but teams would have liked to see a full season to have more conviction that his stuff held up in that role and that his newfound strike-throwing improvement was legit. He has likely done enough to be drafted anywhere in the 2-4 round range.

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  • LHP Nick Swiney assigned to Sacramento River Cats from Richmond Flying Squirrels.
  • LHP Nick Swiney assigned to Sacramento River Cats from Richmond Flying Squirrels.
  • LHP Nick Swiney assigned to Richmond Flying Squirrels.

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