Nate Swarts plans to have immediate impact for Aggies
FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista's Nate Swarts will be a welcome addition to New Mexico State University's baseball program, which has looked to bolster right-handed pitching depth for the long haul.
"They won the (Western Athletic Conference) last year. It's a big step. The program's going in a really, really good direction," said Swarts, who signed with the Aggies today via a full-ride scholarship. "The culture down there is amazing, and I'm excited to be a part of it."
Swarts posted a 9-0 record with a 0.48 earned run average in 10 appearances last year, striking out 27 batters and giving up just 21 hits.
Swarts also batted .348 on the hitting end with one home run, 15 RBIs and five stolen bases in 2018.
Swarts believes he can help NMSU, an NCAA Division I program located in Las Cruces, right away with his changeup.
Swarts said he's seen good, fast movement with his changeup against right-handed batters. Swarts also said he can add an effective slider against left-handed batters.
Aside from continuing to get stronger, Swarts said he wants to be even more effective throwing his fastball in different parts of the strike zone, especially in 0-2 pitch counts.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.