Citadel players in the pros

Chris Swauger has hung up his cleats.

Chris Swauger has hung up his cleats.

Mason Davis, Bo Thompson make debuts as Chris Swauger retires

    By Jeff Hartsell, The Charleston Post & Courier 6/16/14

    Two former Citadel baseball player made their professional debuts last week, while another one retired to end a seven-year pro career.

    Ex-Bulldogs second baseman Mason Davis, drafted in the 19th round by the Florida Marlins on June 7, made his pro debut Sunday with the Batavia (N.Y.) Muckdogs, the Marlins’ team in the short-season New York-Penn League. Davis was 2 for 3, scored a run and drove in a run while playing third base and batting second in a 6-3 win over Auburn.

    Davis’ Citadel teammate, first baseman/designated hitter Bo Thompson, also played his first game as a pro after being drafted in the 13th round by the Yankees. Thompson played first base and batted fifth for the Staten Island Yankees on Sunday, going 0 for 3 with a walk in a 2-1 win over Brooklyn in the NY-Penn League.

    Meanwhile, former Citadel standout Chris Swauger announced his retirement to end a seven-year pro career. Swauger, a 26th-round pick of the Cardinals in 2008, hit .277 over his career, almost all of it in the St. Louis organization, but never made the Major Leagues.

    Swauger became a popular figure as he played parts of five seasons with the Cardinals’ AA team in Springfield, Missouri, and that’s where he announced his retirement last Wednesday at age 27. Swauger is now a hitting coach with the Cardinals’ Class A team in Johnson City, Tennessee.
    Springfield manager Mike Shildt said Swauger, who finished with 2.067 at-bats in 613 minor-league games, was a valuable player to the Cardinals even though he never played in a Major League game.

    “You’re talking about a senior sign that’s played parts of five seasons in Double-A and helped two clubs win championships,” Shildt told the Springfield News-Leader. “He’s helped grow some of the players that have gone on to help St. Louis win championships. That’s why he’s going to be so valuable (as a coach).”

    Former Citadel pitcher Asher Wojciechowski continues to battle injury problems this season. A first-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2010, Wojciewchowski spent the early part of the season recovering from a right lat strain. After pitching in one game for Class AAA Oklahoma City on May 21, Wojciechowski suffered a strain in his right forearm and has been sent back to the Astros’ spring-training complex in Florida for rehab.

    Ex-Bulldog catcher Joe Jackson is off to a great start in his second pro season. Jackson, a fifth-round pick of the Rangers last year, is batting .357 with two homers and 24 RBI in his first 27 games with Class A Hickory in the South Atlantic League. The Crawdads are due back in Charleston to play the RiverDogs Aug. 11-13.

    Former Citadel pitcher Austin Pritcher (James Island), drafted in the 19th-round by the Tigers last year, has yet to pitch in the minors this season.

    Ex-Citadel first baseman Chris McGuiness, also from James Island, is batting .254 with five homers and 25 RBI for the Pirates’ Class AAA team in Indianapolis. McGuiness played in 10 Major League games for the Rangers last season.


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