GRANVILLE, W.VA (WDTV) - Pirate fans holding on to hope for the future are undoubtedly keeping an eye on top draft picks like Travis Swaggerty. His ascent to the big leagues could be helped by the fact that he was a 3-year starter at South Alabama with 650 at bats under his belt. The opportunity to play regularly drew the Louisiana native to play at USA.
After becoming draft-eligible following his junior season, Swaggerty didn't need to wait long to hear his name called on draft night. He was selected tenth by the Pirates and was one of the few players on site at the draft in New Jersey when his name was called.
Many draft picks use the month-long negotiation window to boost their contract especially if they have college eligibility remaining. Swaggerty signed less than a week later with a contract bonus north of four million dollars. He was soon en route to Granville.
In his first eleven games, Swaggerty was hitting .295 with six extra base hits in 44 at bats. His first home run came Saturday night against Auburn.
Swaggerty's road to the big leagues will likely feature several more destinations before arriving in Pittsburgh. For now, he is making the adjustment to the daily grind of the professional game.