There is nothing special about [Chris Schwinden’s] velocity, his fastball is just in the 86-90 range. He mixes in a cutter, curveball, and changeup, relying on sharp command of his secondary pitches to succeed. He has little margin for error and needs a strong defense behind him, but there are pitchers with worse stuff who have made careers for themselves due to superior command, and he’s shown the ability to make adjustments to higher level competition.
Schwinden really snuck up on us this year, but I don’t see him as a total fluke. I think he projects as a fifth starter or long relief type as long as his command remains strong.
Sickels scouts Schwinden, a surprise Triple-A success. I link it here because I like the idea of the Mets trying him — and guys like him — in the bullpen. Middling starters often turn into very effective relievers. And though Schwinden doesn’t have the type of stuff typically associated with late-inning bullpen roles, he appears apt to get the ball over the plate — more than many members of the Mets’ current bullpen can boast.
But obviously the first step is securing enough decent starters that they won’t need Schwinden in the Major League rotation.