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Anthony Ray Swarzak

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Anthony Swarzak was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 2nd round of the 2004 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Brad Weitzel for a $575,000 bonus and made his pro debut that summer.

Swarzak made his major league debut with the Twins in 2009, when he went 3-7, 6.25 in 12 starts. He then spent all of 2010 in the minor leagues before coming back as a swingman in 2011. That season, he was 4-7, 4.32 in 27 games, including 11 starts, pitching 102 innings. His ability to pitch multiple innings out of the bullpen and give the team the occasional start came in handy again the next year, 2012, when he made 5 starts in 44 appearances and ended up at 3-6, 5.03, logging 96 2/3 innings. He was strictly used as a long reliever in 2013 and had his best year thus far, finishing at 3-2, 2.91, and logging 96 innings in relief, one of the highest totals in the majors. He was back in the same role in 2014 and made his first 30 appearances out of the bullpen before being called upon for an emergency against the Cleveland Indians on July 23rd when Kyle Gibson was scratched because of stiffness in his lower back. In spite of working with a low pitch count limit, he pitched 5 excellent innings, allowing a single run on two hits, to earn a 3-1 win in his first start in a year-and-a-half.

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