Tuesday, June 3, 2014

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #137 GREG SWINDELL

GOOD BUT NOT GREAT.



WENT 12-13 WITH A 4.16 ERA IN '93.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Greg Swindell was the second overall pick in the 1986 draft out of Texas and after making only three minor-league starts debuted for the Indians the same year. He never lived up to expectations, but he still had a pretty solid 17-year career, winning 123 games and compiling a 3.86 ERA and 107 ERA+.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • In his seventh career start on Sept. 23, 1986, against the AL West champion Angels, Swindell tossed a complete-game four-hitter as the Indians won 5-2. Swindell would go on to finish 5-2 with a 4.23 ERA. 

DEFINING SEASON

  • In '88, Swindell won a career-high 18 games with a 3.20 ERA. At the end of May, he was 10-1 with a 2.11 ERA, but a June swoon cost him an All-Star spot. He finished with 242 innings 180 strikeouts and only 45 walks.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. He followed #104 Roger Clemens at Texas and became one of its all-time greatest pitchers, earning All-American honors in each of his three seasons.
  2. While just missing an All-Star berth in '88, Swindell earned his first and only nod the next season, pitching 1.2 innings of two-hit ball with three strikeouts in the AL's 5-3 victory.
  3. Traded to the Reds in '91 for Scott Scudder, Jack Armstrong and a minor-leaguer.
  4. Returned to Texas as a free agent with the Astros, pitching four seasons and compiling a 30-34 record.
  5. Enjoyed his best seasons with the Indians, who had only one winning season during his seven years, but he compiled a 61-51 record and a 3.86 ERA.

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