Swindle Gets Call to BigsJuly 2, 2008
By CSU Sports Information
ATLANTA, Ga. - Former Buccaneer standout R.J. Swindle will finally get his chance as he was called late Tuesday night and told he was moving up to the big leagues. Swindle will be in uniform for the Philadelphia Phillies as they are in Atlanta to take on the Braves Wednesday evening.
Swindle, the single-season (140) and career (394) leader at CSU for strikeouts and 2003 Big South Player of the Year, will be available to pitch in tonight's game. With the call, Swindle becomes the first baseball player from Charleston Southern to make the majors.
During his time in the minors this year, Swindle went 1-0 with a 0.54 ERA in 11 appearances with 16 strikeouts and one walk with the Double-A Reading Phillies. After being called up to the Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Swindle again earned one victory with no defeats in 18 appearances. He struck out 32 and walked just five in 23.1 innings of work.