What Anthony Swarzak Brings to the Brewers Bullpen
Milwaukee Brewers dipped their toes into the trade market on Tuesday night when they acquired Anthony Swarzak from Chicago White Sox for Ryan Cordell, a triple A utility player. The deal was very David Stearns at a high-level. He acquired an intriguing arm with some upside whilst getting rid of someone who had no role with Milwaukee Brewers. Much like what did with Garrett Cooper a couple weeks ago. Swarzak will likely be part of the back-end of Brewers bullpen who could definitely use some help.
Swarzak came to Chicago White Sox on a minor league deal in Spring Training. He flamed out with the Minnesota Twins who drafted him in the second round. Famous pitching coach Don Cooper found the goods to make him into a talented, hard-throwing reliever. He’s inducing a 14% swinging strike rate on his fastball and his slider is even better at around 20 percent. The one issue is the walks. That’s not a good thing for a reliever in a tight race to have going for him. Hopefully, he can get through that issue.
While Brewers bullpen got deeper today, it also wouldn’t hurt to add another body. I know that sounds crazy, but if Brewers can find a way to make things a five-inning game and give it to a dominant bullpen, they would be in great shape. My guess is Slingin’ Stearns is not done yet.