Swindle taken in 14th round by BostonJune 7, 2004
By CSU Sports Information
|R.J. Swindle is CSU's career leader in wins and strikeouts|
CHARLESTON, SC - A childhood dream has become a reality for Charleston Southern junior left-hander R. J. Swindle, who was drafted in the 14th round by the Boston Red Sox in Monday afternoon's professional baseball draft.
Swindle, the fourth player drafted on Monday from the Big South Conference, has one more season of eligibility remaining at Charleston Southern but will likely take the opportunity to play professionally. He could not be reached for comment on Monday night.
Swindle, a native of Orlando, Florida, set numerous school records in his three seasons at Charleston Southern. He is the school's all-time leader in wins (24), strikeouts (394), starts (52) and innings pitched (350 1/3). Swindle was a two-time all-Big South selection and was named the league's Player of the Year in 2003. Swindle also holds the single season strikeout record (140) at CSU and his career strikeout total is second all-time in the Big South Conference. He walked just 77 batters in three seasons.
Swindle is the second left-hander in the last four years to be drafted out of CSU. Matt Coenen was a second-round pick in the 2002 draft by the Detroit Tigers.