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Philadelphia Phillies Sign Two Slider Hurlers

October 18, 2007 - Frontier League (FL) Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti

Slippery Rock, PA - The Slippery Rock Sliders professional baseball team, presented by Dollar Bank, has announced that two pitchers from their inaugural season, right-handed reliever Jared Simon and left-handed starter Dan Schwartz, have been signed by the Philadelphia Phillies. Simon and Schwartz join right-handed pitcher Pete Parise (who was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in June) as players moving to affiliated baseball this season.

Jared Simon signed with the Sliders following his career at Wichita State University. He appeared in 20 games for the Shockers this spring, posting a 0-2 record and 4.29 ERA, striking out 23 batters while walking only two in 27.1 innings. Simon notched six saves for the Sliders this summer to go with a 1-1 record in 22 relief appearances. He held opponents to a .193 batting average while striking out 28 batters against only five walks.

Dan Schwartz saw action in 12 games (11 starts and the continuation of a suspended game), posting a 2-5 record and 4.17 ERA, striking out 41 batters in 69 innings. For Northwestern University this spring, Schwartz compiled a 4-4 record and 5.24 ERA in 12 starts with 53 strikeouts in 68.2 innings.

"Simon was one of the top relievers in the Frontier League this summer," commented pitching coach Adam Shafer. "His control both at Wichita State and in Slippery Rock foreshadows a good professional baseball career. Dan Schwartz consistently topped 90 mph as a left-hander, and his starting experience in both the Big Ten Conference and the Frontier League makes him an attractive prospect.

The Slippery Rock Sliders recently concluded their inaugural Frontier League season as part of a unique partnership with Slippery Rock University, where students composed the front office staff and were responsible for the day-to-day activities of the club.

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