Chris Swauger looks to be one of the hidden gems taken in last year’s draft. Drafted in the 26th round out of The Citadel (a military college), the slugging outfielder was only the second player in school history to record 300-plus hits. He also leaves with the school record in triples (16), second in doubles (71) and third in home runs (38). In his first pro season, he overcame a slow start to hit .291/.348/.469 and helped Batavia win their first championship in 45 years. Chris was nice enough to take some of his time and talk with me about how he developed in his first few months as a pro.
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Last time we took a look at the ten highest picks by the Cardinals that have played at Johnson City or above in the organization. Today we will look at the next ten. As we get further down the list, the liklihood that the prospects will ever become big leagers becomes more faint, but there are several in this part and in the final part of the series that are intriguing. So after the jump we will continue with our 50 day (or so) review of the Cardinals draft. Read the rest of this entry »