Trevor Schwecke, a junior infielder on the UWM baseball team, was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 13th round and 387th overall in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft.
Schwecke is the second Panther to be drafted in as many days, and is the 23rd Milwaukee player to be selected in the MLB draft. UWM pitcher Jake Sommers who was drafted Tuesday by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Schwecke is the ninth MLB draft pick from the program in the last five years and is the first-ever by the Blue Jays.
“It’s been a crazy day,” Schwecke said. “My family was in town, so I got to spend it with them, which I am extremely grateful for.”
Schwecke credited the Panther program for helping him develop from a walk-on to a drafted player. “Without Coach (Scott) Doffek, Coach (Cory) Bigler, Coach (Shaun) Wegner and Coach (Drew) Pearson, I would not be anywhere near the person I am today as a player. They completely transformed me, and I am grateful for the opportunity they gave me.”
The decorated shortstop is a three-time all-league honoree, earning second team accolades his first two seasons with the Panthers, then jumping to first-team All-Horizon League as a junior.
The Marshfield, Wisconsin, native racked up career numbers in the 2019 campaign and ranked near the top in most of the league’s major offensive categories throughout the season. He also helped the Panthers to a runner-up finish in this season’s Horizon League Tournament and finished with a .335 batting average with 74 hits, 20 doubles, three triples, four home runs and a team-best 54 RBI.
“We couldn’t be happier for Trevor,” said head coach Scott Doffek. “He came in as a walk-on three years ago and just wanted an opportunity. He is a highly motivated person who just works and works. He has turned himself into a darn good player, great teammate and leader. It was such a pleasure and an honor to be a part of his journey.”