Twenty-five-year-old right-hander Michael Schwimer gets his first shot at the bigs today, as confirmed by several sources. Here's the tale of the tape.
Schwimer is having his best professional season, ratcheting up nine relief wins and a 1.88 ERA and 10 saves in 46 appearances to lead the IronPigs bullpen. He's only two strikeouts off the team lead in the category with 86, compiling a 86/22 K/BB ratio across 67 innings. He's been murder on Triple-A right-handers; they're hitting just .062 against him, but lefties have handled him, hitting .303. But no question; he's been a horse.
How does all this translate to the Majors? Who knows. Based on the numbers, and based on past auditions, he should have been promoted weeks ago, ahead of guys like Scott Mathieson and Andrew Carpenter, and that raises some flags. Lots of relievers can bedazzle Triple-A hitters and pump up incredible numbers, then they can't cross the line. The scouting mags have never given him much love, so there's that. Yet Michael Stutes never got top billing either, so there's that. And like many other minor leaguers before him, Schwimer has become something of a Beerleaguer comment thread superstar, which is a horrible omen. So we'll see.