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Nick Swisher (1B,DH)

Cleveland Indians - 1% owned

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Bats: B, Throws: L

DH Nick Swisher hit his first home run of the season as he went 2-for-5 in the victory over the White Sox on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: It is still too early to know whether Nick Swisher will offer any fantasy value this season but the long-ball helps. He is hitting .250 (13-for-52) with 4 runs and 6 walks.

 

Category: Game Recaps


Three RBI game for Nick Swisher

Sat, May 16th 12:01pm EDT
By Gavin Tramps

In Friday's victory over the Rangers, DH Nick Swisher went 3-for-4 with a double, two singles, a walk, a run and an RBI.

Fantasy Impact: These were the first RBI of the season for Nick Swisher. He is batting .265 (9-for-34) and appeared to be happy to get the ball in play rather than try to do more. It is too early to suggest that this is a change of philosophy but it sure helps his fantasy value.

 

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Nick Swisher leaves six on-base

Sun, May 10th 5:19pm EDT
By Gavin Tramps

Nick Swisher was unable to get a hit, going 0-for-4 in Sunday's victory over the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Nick Swisher was unable to recapture his four-hit form from Saturday. It is likely that these first few weeks back in the lineup will produce erratic results as Nick Swisher gets his timing right. He will need some more games like Saturday's 4-for-4 before you should grab him off the waiver wire.

 

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Four hit night for Nick Swisher

Sun, May 10th 9:56am EDT
By Gavin Tramps

Nick Swisher went 4-for-4 with a double and three singles in the defeat by the Twins on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: This was a tremendous confidence booster for the veteran slugger and only the fifth four-hit game of his career. Although it is great that he got on-base four times and is seeing the ball so well, do not get too excited. One of the hits was a blooper that dropped and another took a nasty hop and got by third base. Nick Swisher will need a few more games like this before he becomes fantasy relevant in even the deepest of leagues.

 

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Nick Swisher will play DH and bat sixth when the Indians face Mike Pelfrey and the Twins on Friday evening.

Fantasy Impact: Nick Swisher has just one hit in his 11 at-bats. It might take a while for Swisher to regain his timing and have confidence in his two repaired knees. With the exception of last season, the worst of his career, Nick Swisher usually hits 20+ home runs. The switch-hitter is desperate to prove he still has value and with 239 career home runs, don't write-off him off just yet.

 

In a meeting with Indians' manager Terry Francona and general manager Chris Antonetti, outfielder Nick Swisher was successful in pleading his case for coming off the disabled list. (Source: Jordan Bastian on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In order to clear a spot on the active roster, Cleveland will option outfielder Tyler Holt to Triple-A Columbus. In 24 Minor League at-bats during his rehab assignment, Swisher went 9-for-24 (.375) with one home run, two doubles, three walks and five RBI. Prior to 2014, Swisher had at least 20 home runs in nine consecutive seasons and appeared in at least 145 games in eight straight years. He will steal at-bats from David Murphy and Ryan Raburn. He can be ignored for fantasy purposes until he proves otherwise.

 

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From Indians' GM Chris Antonetti "We spent some time with Nick today. He’s made great progress. The way he’s gone about his rehab has been extraordinary, with his mind-set and his approach and how committed he is to doing everything in his power to get back, not only to get back as quickly as possible, but to get get back as quickly and as completely as he can." (Source: Jordan Bastian on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nick Swisher was a big disappointment in 2014 with a .208 AVG, eight home runs, 42 RBI and 111 strikeouts contributing to a 73 OPS+. Don't sleep on the possibility that he could regain some of the form that saw him hit 20+ home runs in nine consecutive seasons with a patient 12.9% career walk-rate.

 

1B Nick Swisher is expected to start a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus this week. (Source: Paul Hoynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nick Swisher had a dreadful 2014 but he had provided solid fantasy production for the previous nine seasons, hitting at least 21 home runs in each year. The Indians are in desperate need of some right-handed power and at the moment the DH position has a revolving door. If Swisher can prove his health and if he can regain the form which eluded him last year, then he could once again be a useful player in fantasy. Unfortunately, they are two big "ifs".

 

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Nick Swisher went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his Cactus League debut against the Giants on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: 2014 was the first time Nick Swisher had hit fewer than 20 home runs since he became a regular major-leaguer in 2005. He underwent surgery in August to repair the meniscus of both knees. Monitor his progress to see whether a new, improved Swisher will feature in the Indians' lineup this season or if this is the beginning of the end of his career. There are playing time opportunities at DH for the Indians' so a 20 HR player who can take a walk will be a value pick off the waiver wire.

 

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Indians' beat writer Paul Hoynes suggests that "unless something unexpected happens in the next couple of weeks ..... a realistic goal for Nick Swisher's return is late April or early May." (Source: Paul Hoynes)

Fantasy Impact: This creates a vacancy at DH in the opening day lineup which means that the two outfielders David Murphy and Ryan Raburn are both expected to make the 25 man roster. They will compete with young 1B prospect Jesus Aguilar for playing time.

 

Category: , Injury Updates


Nick Swisher to run the bases

Tue, Mar 17th 4:25pm EDT
By Gavin Tramps

Nick Swisher will run the bases today. "It's a big step," said manager Terry Francona. (Source: Paul Hoynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is questionable whether Nick Swisher will make the opening day roster. The Indians may choose to start Brandon Moss at DH to ease him back from injury, in which case David Murphy could start in the outfield. Alternatively, they could give prospect Jesus Aguilar a shot

 

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Nick Swisher underwent surgery in August to repair the meniscus of both knees. Nick Camino asked him if he's still hoping to be ready by Opening Day. "That's my goal," he said. (Source: Nick Camino on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: 2014 was a dreadful season for Nick Swisher. Not only was it the first time in 10 years that he failed to play at least 145 games but his strikeout rate increased, walk rate decreased and he posted a -1.6 WAR. The Indians have DH options if he is unable to turn things around.

 

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