Schartzbauer Will Head To FL Instructional League

The elder Schwartzbauer

Duquesne alum Dan Schwartzbauer has been selected to play with the Pittsburgh Pirates' Florida Instructional League team once his first full minor league season is completed, according to a report in the Post-Gazette last weekend.

Dan Schwartzbauer is the fourth leading batter for the Class A Hickory Crawdads with a .266 batting average in 88 games. He also has four home runs and 29 RBI.

Hickory is in the fourth place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division with a 29-29 record in the current season improving on a 22-44 mark in the first half. The Crawdads have 10 games left on the schedule, all but three with the Asheville Tourists (Rockies). The final game is on Labor Day, Monday September 5th as Hickory will host Asheville at 7:00 p.m. at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Hickory called on Schwartzbauer to take the mound for one game this season. He pitched 1/3 inning, striking out the only batter he faced. So another stat for the Glenshaw, Pa. native, a 0.00 ERA!

In his first professional action following the 2004 draft where he was the Buccos' 41st pick, the former Duke was the Bradentown Pirates and Gulf Coast Rookie League leader in batting average, .366 going 45-123 in 35 games, while also pacing the short season team with 24 RBI and 13 walks. (2005 could be the last season for the Gulf Coast and Arizona rookie leagues, according to Baseball America (see link below).

As a senior with the Dukes in 2004, Schwartzbauer led DU with 41 runs scored, was second with a .329 batting average and had a .404 on-base percentage as Duquesne's leadoff hitter. He also led DU, and was second in the Atlantic 10 Conference, with a perfect 22 stolen bases on 22 attempts. He was eighth in the league with 26 double plays and 10th with 112 assists. Schwartzbauer finished his collegiate career with a .296 batting average, 166 runs scored, 79 stolen bases and 44 walks.

His younger brother Brian will be a freshman on the 2006 Duquesne roster. A middle infielder and pitcher, his American Legion teams reached the Regional Championships three straight years while he posted a 12-0 record on the mound. A Shaler High School grad, Schwartzbauer was a two-time All-Section choice and was an All-North selection as a junior. He signed with the Dukes during the Fall 2004 National Letter of Intent period.

The Florida instructional league begins action on Friday, September 16th. The group of proposed minor league changes includes making, "... instructional league longer and mandatory for every organization." Currently, it's an honor to be selected for this competition.

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