Lehigh Valley reliever Michael Schwimer has gotten called up to Philadelphia to take Placido Polanco’s roster spot. With Cole Hamels on the shelf for a start and the necessity to move Kyle Kendrick into the rotation, another arm in the bullpen is necessary over the next several days for the Phils, and Schwim has gotten the long-awaited, and much deserved call.
Schwimer, 25, was a 14th round pick by the Phils out of the University of Virginia in the 2008 draft. He has been simply dominant this year, going 9-1 with 1.88 ERA in his 46 appearances including 10 saves. He has walked just 22 and struck out 86 in his 67 innings of work. Opponents are hitting just .202 against Schwimer (.135 vs. RH), and Schwim fares even better with RISP, with opponents hitting just .167.
I do try hard to be as objective as possible, but as someone who has gotten to know Schwim a bit, if he is a small percentage as good a baseball player as he is a person, he will do just fine.