Niagara University Purple Eagle Jordan Schwartz was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the fourth round with the 132nd pick of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Schwartz, a 6-foot-2 right-hand pitcher from Hornell, N.Y., is the second highest drafted player in program history behind Doug Farrell who was drafted in the second and third rounds by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1971 and 1972. Schwartz is the sixth Purple Eagle since 2005 to be drafted: James Avery, Dan Griffin and Reed Eastley (2005), Jeff Vincent (2006), and Wynton Bernard (2012).
“I am extremely proud of Jordan and few deserve it more than him,” Niagara head coach Rob McCoy said. “He worked extremely hard and made himself what he is today. He’s a perfect example of what can be achieved when using trials and struggles to get stronger and tougher, instead of getting consumed by them. I look forward to him growing even more as a pro.”
Schwartz was an invaluable contributor – on the mound, at the plate and in the outfield – for the team during his three years as a Purple Eagle. Schwartz showed his versatility throughout the 2014 campaign.
Schwartz was the ace on the staff during the 2014 season, leading Niagara in ERA (3.12), starts (14) and complete games (five). Schwartz led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in strikeouts with 109, including a league-best 31 strike out looking. He finished the season fifth with a 3.12 ERA and third with an opposing batting average of .217. Schwartz made 38 starts in the outfield, batting .258 for the season with 31 hits, three doubles, 20 RBIs and 13 runs.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Oakland Athletics organization,” Schwartz said. “I am equally grateful to Niagara University for giving me the opportunity to play and help reach this dream.”
Schwartz was named MAAC Player of the Week on Feb. 25 after racking up 12 strikeouts in 6.2 innings in a Niagara win over NC Central and finished the series going 4-for-9 at the plate with four RBIs. He collected MAAC Pitcher of the Week on May 6 after a one-hit complete game win over Marist while striking out nine.
Schwartz earned All-MAAC Second Team honors as a pitcher and was named First Team All-MAAC by College Sports Madness. Schwartz was also selected to the 2014 Gregg Olson Award watch list which recognizes college baseball’s breakout players across the nation.