JONATHAN SCHWIND
CORNER OUTFIELDER
  Born: May 30, 1990
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 41st Round, 1232nd Overall, 2011
How Acquired: Draft
College: Marist College
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Schwind was the 20th best prospect in a decent New York draft class in 2011.  The Pirates drafted him as a catcher, although he played in the infield through most of his college career.  He has quick hands, an above-average arm, and he’s a plus runner, although his speed didn’t translate to stolen bases in his college career.  He was a decent to good hitter his last two years at Marist, with some gap power.  He signed about ten days after the draft and reported to the GCL rather than to State College, probably so he could work on his catching skills.  By 2013, though, he was playing mostly in the outfield.

2011
R:  347/456/589, 124 AB, 14 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 13 BB, 24 K, 4-5 SB

Had little trouble hitting the younger pitchers in the GCL.  He fanned once every five ABs, which could be a warning sign.  Schwind threw out 26% of base stealers, which isn’t bad for a guy being converted to catcher.

2012
R:  240/345/320, 25 AB, 2 2B, 3 BB, 6 K, 0-2 SB
A-:  118/184/176, 34 AB, 1 3B, 2 BB, 7 K
A:  206/270/206, 34 AB, 2 BB, 11 K, 2-2 SB 

Schwind’s 2012 season was largely lost to injury and other circumstances.  He started off as the backup catcher at West Virginia.  He struggled there both offensively and defensively–he didn’t throw out any of the 15 runners who tried to steal on him–and was sent back to extended spring training after about a month.  He got hurt, though, and eventually rehabbed in the GCL.  It was late August when he made it to State College, where he split ten games between catcher and the outfield.

2013
A:  216/297/280, 232 AB, 9 2B, 2 HR, 25 BB, 56 K, 11-12 SB

Schwind spent the season at West Virginia.  Even after Wyatt Mathisen got hurt, Francisco Diaz and Kawika Emsley-Pai did the catching.  Schwind played left almost exclusively and caught in only one game.  He struggled at the plate, aside from having a good walk rate.

The Pirates have a lot of catchers in the mid-levels of the system, so it looks like Schwind has transitioned to outfield backup.  He’ll open 2014 at Bradenton.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
NCAA
BA
OBP
SLG
AB
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
CS
2009 .254 .362 .404 228 12 5 4 30 66 5 1
2010 .346 .422 .502 217 20 1 4 16 23 10 1
2011 .287 .395 .446 202 15 1 5 28 23 4 2
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $20,000
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2017
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2014
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2011: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 41st round, 1232nd overall pick; signed on June 17.