Baseball's Swift Signs Free-Agent Deal With Texas Rangers
OMAHA, Neb. -- After going undrafted earlier this month, Creighton baseball infielder Jimmy Swift has signed a free-agent contract with the Texas Rangers organization.
Swift has already reported and been assigned to the AZL Rangers, a Rookie League team in the Arizona League. He is expected to play a utility role, benefiting from his time at Creighton that saw him play three years at third base and his senior season at shortstop.
Swift earned first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference honors as a senior in 2011 while helping Creighton to a sweep of the MVC regular-season and tournament titles. He hit .274 and had three homers, 42 RBI and six stolen bases. He also made a smooth transition from the hot corner to shortstop, finishing with a .965 fielding percentage in 300 chances. Swift started all 169 games of his last three seasons with the Bluejays as a key figure in Creighton's nationally-ranked defense. He finished his career as a .287 hitter with 188 hits, 37 doubles, eight homers, 101 RBI, 26 hit-by-pitch and 20 stolen bases.
A native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Swift was also named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team after graduating with a 3.34 GPA in Finance.
Swift is the sixth former Bluejay since 2006 to join the Rangers organization, joining Adam Schaecher (2006), Chris Gradoville (2007), Vicente Cafaro (2009), Carson Vitale (2010) and Trever Adams (2011). Adams has been assigned to the Spokane Indians in the Class A Short-Season Northwest League.
In addition to Adams and Swift playing with the Rangers organization, fellow 2011 Creighton standout Jonas Dufek has signed with the Houston Astros and been assigned to the Tri-City ValleyCats in the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League. Other former Bluejays currently playing in the minors include Pat Venditte, Eric Wordekemper, Tony Pechek, Kirk Clark, Darin Ruf and Elliot Soto.