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Cole Swanson will report to the Angels' affiliate in Orem, UT
Cole Swanson will report to the Angels' affiliate in Orem, UT

Concordia junior starting pitcher Cole Swanson was recently selected in the 19th round by the Anaheim Angels in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.  He was the 577th overall selection and he recently signed his minor league contract with the Angels.  He leaves Sunday for Orem, UT to play with the Orem Owlz, the Angles Rookie Affiliate, of the Pioneer League and Short-Season A baseball.

"I am really excited, this being my first time drafted," Cole Swanson said.  "This is a chance to chase my lifelong goal.  This year was all about hard work and keeping my nose to the grindstone.  I can't thank coach Mike Grahovac and his staff enough for letting me go out there and do my thing.  I'm really grateful for the chance and opportunity.  Now I get to chase my dream of playing in the Major Leagues."

Twenty-four NAIA baseball programs had players selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft, which wrapped up last Saturday evening. In total, 37 NAIA student-athletes were picked by 23 different clubs during the three-day, 40-round event.

Lee's (Tenn.) Myles Smith, a native of Detroit, Mich., was the first NAIA player off the board after being selected in the fourth round (113th overall) by the Boston Red Sox.

Swanson was the first player selected from the GSAC in 2013.  Four GSAC baseball players were selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft.

Pick 

Round 

Player 

School 

Pos.

Team 

577

19

Cole Swanson 

Concordia

LHP

Los Angeles Angels 

712

24

Cody Harris 

The Master's 

RHP

Miami Marlins 

733

24

Orrin Sears 

Arizona Christian 

C

Atlanta Braves 

930

31

Joel Thys 

Arizona Christian 

C

Arizona Diamondbacks

The lefty starter played for Concordia only in 2013, after spending two seasons at San Diego State University.  CU's ace and Torrey Pines High School graduate posted a 3.53 ERA this season with an 8-4 record in 104.2 innings and 15 starts.  He finished 12th in the NAIA in innings pitched and 24th in strikeouts with 86.  Swanson finished 12th in the conference in ERA, second in innings pitched, fourth in strikeouts, and third in wins.  On CU's single-season records he is fourth in games started, fifth in innings pitched, third in K's, and fifth in wins.  His 3.53 ERA ranked 10th on the career lists.

"Cole did an outstanding job for us this year.  He was our #1 guy who started every series for us and got us off on the right foot," Concordia head coach Mike Grahovac said.  "We are very proud of Cole and happy to see him move on to the professional level.  Cole has put in a lot of hard work and in one season here at Concordia left his mark on our program.  We all wish him the best of luck."

He is the 16th Concordia player drafted by a MLB team and first since Bryan Nicholson and John Hill in 2011.  The Owlz season begins on Thursday, June 20, at Idaho Falls.

The Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals tied for the most NAIA selections with three apiece.

Since 2008, the NAIA has averaged 41 individuals selected each year by MLB clubs.

2013 MLB Draft – NAIA Players Selected

 

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