Swain Drafted by Minnesota

Photo Courtesy: Jay Kapp

Marietta, Ga. - Former Patriots pitcher Matthew Swain was selected in the 23rd round with the 689th overall pick by the Minnesota Twins in the 2019 MLB Draft Tuesday.

Swain is the fifth former Patriot to get drafted by a Major League Baseball team.

"All I've got to say about Matt Swain is congratulations," said Head Coach Gil. Navarro on Swain getting drafted. "He's definitely somebody that deserves that opportunity. He's got a bright future with a lot of upside on that mound, and he was a great factor for us last year."

In 2018, his lone season for the Pats, the 6-8 right-handed pitcher made seven appearances, allowing just two earned runs with 12 strikeouts and recording two saves.

A native of Stone Mountain, Ga., Swain played at Lawson State Community College for two seasons before transferring to Georgia Gwinnett College for his junior and senior seasons.

Since the inaugural season in 2014, six former Patriots have either been drafted or signed a professional contract with a Major League Baseball team.


Nate Lowe

Made MLB debut with Tampa Bay Rays 4/29/19

Drafted: Tampa Bay Rays: 13th Round (2016)

Gabe Friese

Undrafted Free Agent: Milwaukee Brewers (4/21/17)

Evan Steele

Drafted: Kansas City Royals: Comp. Rd. B (2017)

Justin Evans

Drafted: Miami Marlins: 19th Round (2018)

Chris McGrath

Drafted: Seattle Mariners: 35th Round (2014)

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