Originally posted on Pine Tar Press  |  Last updated 7/7/14
The 2013 draft will always be known as the Sean Manaea and Hunter Dozier freakout draft to those who watched fans on twitter go bonkers when the Royals made a calculated risk to take Dozier in hopes that Dozier would land to them with their second pick. It is the greatest storyline that can be created out of the new draft system really, taking calculated risk with bonus money in hopes of landing other talented players later in the draft. It's equally important for scouts to discover some diamond in the rough type picks with their teams lower round picks in hopes of bolstering their farm, major league roster and creating trade chips. The Royals 18th round draftpick Frank Schwindel is hoping to be just that for the Kansas City club, I caught up with him for a few questions recently.Your browser does not support iframes.Hailing from the east coast and a cold weather state like New Jersey were you recruited from any other division I schools other than St. John's? [caption id="attachment_29292" align="alignleft" width="150"] via RedStormsports.com[/caption]They were pretty much the biggest one and I knew I wanted to go there as soon as I got the chance.Some may not know but St. John's has quite the baseball history making the College World Series six times last in 1980. You and your teammates nearly duplicated the feats of John Franco and Frank Viola's 1980 squad getting St. John's to a super regional appearance in 2012. What was that like?The farthest run since that great 80's squad it was pretty special and a great run, a great experience to have with my teammates. How big of a adjustment in talent is the minors compared to college ball?Night in and night it is hard. You don't get the mid-week stat booster that you may see in college. You'll see better breaking stuff with more movement, plenty of upper 90's and even seen a guy touching 102. You won't see that in college much.What is the biggest adjustment you have had to make?Calling your own game behind the dish is the biggest adjustment. Going over the scouting reports, calling every pitch for every pitcher. That is stuff we didn't have to do as catchers in college.How does that effect your game offensively?Not much, calling a good game is more important. You must separate the two and just improve everyday.Which position do like more first base or catcher? Do you feel you can move up at either spot quicker?I like to hit, no real preference positionally as far as moving up that is out of my control, whatever happens, happens. Just got to take the same approach everyday and work on my game.Through 71 games in Lexington Schwindel has a .273/.296/.493 line showing good pop with 24 doubles, a triple and 12 home runs. Those 37 extra base hits is tops among Royals minor league and major league players while he has also done a decent job controlling teams running game, throwing out 38% of attempted base stealers. Longterm Schwindel will likely need to stick behind the dish, improve his receiving skills to have a shot at the major league level.You can follow Schwindel's journey via twitter @schwindiesel   
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