|| Steven Swinford
General: Has put his focus on baseball after a prep career in which he played both football and baseball Forced to stop playing football due to a concussion condition An elite athlete that was recruited by many top colleges in football Has raw talent with excellent size and speed Has good power offensively Still pretty new to a high level of baseball and is expected to be brought along slowly Should improve as he continues to get additional baseball experience and could potentially be an excellent player for the Cardinal.
High School: A 2006 graduate of Lakeridge High School Twice selected to the All-Three Rivers League squad (2005, '06) Batted .358 with 22 runs scored and was a perfect 10-for-10 in stolen bases as a senior in 2006 Also lettered three times in football, playing tight end and defensive end Was named team captain and earned All-Three Rivers League honors as a senior in football, while helping his squad win the conference title in 2003 Earned Merit Awards in Math, Science and Core Curriculum, and was named Student of the Quarter in 20 different classes Coached in baseball by Royce McDaniel, Jason Phillips and Allan Coyle.
Other Amateur Baseball: Played three summers for the Lakeridge Titans AAA Legion team (2004-06) Coached by Allan Coyle.
MLB First-Year Player Draft: Has never been drafted.
Getting To Know Steven Swinford
Parents: Tom and Sandi Swinford
Contemplated Profession: Surgeon
Sports Family: Grandfather, Skip Pixley, was a three-sport athlete at Washington State (1952-56), playing center in football, throwing shot put and discus in track, and as a member of the wrestling squad ... cousin, Brent Weidenbach, played collegiate baseball at Puget Sound (2003-06)
Favorite Pre-Game Ritual: In high school, we would take the field to Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones for every home game
The biggest thrill of my life to date is: Whitewater rafting down a waterfall in Washington
What sets Stanford Baseball apart from other collegiate baseball programs is: The academic standards set for the players and the continuous tradition of success
Favorite Pro Sports Athlete: Ken Griffey, Jr.
If I could spend a day with anyone it would be: Ted Williams
My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: A walkoff homer in the College World Series
Best Advice Received: Never settle for the minimum
Advice To Youngsters: Enjoy sleep while it lasts
One moment in history I wish I could have seen was: The first Olympic Games
If I were not playing college baseball, I would be: Studying even harder at Stanford
The Stanford Baseball team will be fun to watch this year because: We have so many amazing players
For me to improve as a player, I need to: Keep learning the game
My parents were right when they told me: I was going to be very tall
One wish I would make for the 21st century is: An end to terrorism
Earliest Baseball Memory: Playing catch with my grandfather
Last Updated: February 3, 2007