FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011
Alex Swenson signs professional contract
Former JU baseball catcher Alex Swenson worked three years to become the Dolphins’ “Iron Man” behind the plate the last two years and now he will get a chance to work a little longer after signing a professional contract with the Newark Bears of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball.
“I’m glad Swenny is getting an opportunity to play at the next level,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “I have never coached a player that has worked harder to improve his game. He is the ultimate teammate and a player that every coach wants on his roster. I know he will take this chance and give it everything he has.”
Swenson, who recently had a tryout with the Kansas City Royals, was told by the organization that it wanted to see him play in more games before signing him to a major league contract. The Royals contacted Newark and the Bears, which are managed by former major leaguer Tim Raines, added Swenson to their 2011 roster. The CanAm League is made up of some players that have had significant time in the Major Leagues while most have played at every level of minor league ball.
“First and foremost, I want to thank Coach Alexander, Coach Tim Montez and Coach Tommy Murphy for all they have done for me the past five years,” said Swenson. “They have developed me as a player and instilled the confidence that I can continue to play after college. Now I look forward to continuing my career at the next level where I expect to keep learning and improving.”