Junior Nick Swiney earned 2nd Team All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball for the shortened 2020 season. Swiney was downright dominant for the times he was out there this season. In four appearances (all starts), Swiney went 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, and recorded 42 strikeouts in 28.0 innings pitched. The lefty struck out double-digit batters in three of his four outings, including one of the most dominant efforts you’ll ever see in a win over Purdue.
Swiney is a fast rising prospect for the 2020 MLB Draft. Everyone knows that fellow junior Patrick Bailey won’t make it out of the first 15 picks of the draft, but Swiney is gaining traction due to his high upside and disgusting curveball... and, yeah, how well he pitched in his first real run this year as a starting pitcher.
Most services have Swiney ranked as a 3rd or 4th round selection, but some have him going as early as the end of the 1st round, such as Keith Law’s mock draft with him going 29th to the Dodgers.
NC State has had at least one player earn Collegiate Baseball All-America honors for four straight years now. Joe Dunand (2nd Team) earned the honor in 2017; Brian Brown (2nd Team), Will Wilson (2nd Team), and Brett Kinneman (3rd Team) in 2018, and Wilson again (2nd Team) and Bailey (3rd Team) in 2019.