Robert Joseph Swindle
In May 2007, having been released by the Yankees organization a few months before, R.J. Swindle was pitching effectively for the independent Newark Bears of the Atlantic League when the Phillies signed him to a minor league contract. The lefty climbed from the Low-A Lakewood BlueClaws to the High-A Clearwater Phillies, compiling a decent 2.25 ERA over 44 innings of work.
Finding even more success over the first part of the 2008 season with Double-A Reading and then Triple-A Lehigh Valley, he got the call to the big leagues on July 1st when the struggling Brett Myers was sent down. He didn't appear in any games before being returning to the IronPigs a few days later, but he got the call again on July 6th when Tom Gordon landed on the disabled list. He made three appearances, allowing 4 runs over 4 2/3 innings and on July 13th he was once again sent to Lehigh Valley.
Swindle's Phillies career came to a close when his 40-man roster spot was needed on September 5th due to the team bringing back Tadahito Iguchi to strengthen their bench. His final games in the Majors came the following season when he appeared in 6 games for the Brewers.
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6'3" Weight: 190
Born: July 7, 1983, Vancouver, Canada
Drafted: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 14th round of the 2004 amateur draft, June 7, 2004
Major League Teams: Phillies 2008; Milwaukee Brewers 2009
Professional Affiliations: Boston Red Sox 2004; Schaumburg Flyers (Independent) 2005-2006; New York Yankees 2006; Newark Bears (Independent) 2007; Phillies 2007-2008; Milwaukee Brewers 2009; Cleveland Indians 2009; Tampa Bay Rays 2010-2011; St. Louis Cardinals 2012
3 games, 0-0, 7.71 ERA, 9 hits, 4 runs, 2 home runs, 4 strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings
Acquired: May 29, 2007 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Newark Bears (Independent).
Debut: July 7, 2008 - Relieved Clay Condrey in the 6th inning of a game against the Mets, surrendering a home run to the first batter he faced - David Wright.
Final Game: July 12, 2008 - Relieved Adam Eaton in an eventual 10-4 loss to the Diamondbacks, pitching 1 2/3 innings and allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. Collected an RBI off Randy Johnson when he batted for himself and grounded out to second allowing Eric Bruntlett to score.
Departed: November 3, 2008 - Granted free agency and signed with the Milwaukee Brewers' organization, November 25, 2008.
1 Swindle Baseball Card in My Collection
2008 Multi-Ad Lehigh Valley IronPigs #21
2008 Chachi #37
First Mainstream Card: 2010 Topps Pro Debut Triple-A All-Stars #TA27
First Topps Base Card: N/A
Last Mainstream Card: 2010 Topps Pro Debut Triple-A All-Stars #TA27
Other Notable Cards: 2005 Multi-Ad Schaumberg Flyers #20, 2009 Brewers Police #26, 2011 Choice Durham Bulls #28
Sources: Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database
Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s
1 Kirk Bullinger
2 Chris Pritchett
3 Bryan Ward
4 Mark Holzemer
5 Turner Ward
6 P.J. Forbes
7 Matt Walbeck
8 Kelly Stinnett
9 Valerio de los Santos
10 Josh Hancock
11 Brian Powell
12 Paul Abbott
13 Todd Jones
14 A.J. Hinch
15 Ramon Martinez
16 Matt Kata
17 Aquilino Lopez
18 Adam Bernero
19 Jose Hernandez
20 Randall Simon
21 Anderson Garcia
22 Russell Branyan
23 John Ennis
24 Kane Davis
25 Pete LaForest
26 T.J. Bohn
27 R.J. Swindle
This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia. In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.