Schwindel signed with the Athletics as a non-roster invitee Friday. The 28-year-old was at the Tigers' alternate training site in 2020 after failing to make the Opening Day roster, and he'll now join the A's for spring training. Schwindel had a strong showing at Triple-A in 2019 with a .327/.361/.628 slash line and nine homers in 28 games.
Schwindel was reassigned to the Tigers' alternate training site Monday. Schwindel was a non-roster invitee during camp, but he'll report to the team's alternate facility ahead of the season opener Friday. The 28-year-old had a solid year in the minors last year, slashing .271/.315/.458 with 70 RBI and could reach the majors in some capacity in 2020, but he'd be unlikely to gain enough playing time to be a relevant fantasy option.
Schwindel will be a part of the Tigers' 60-man player pool this season. Schwindel is not on the Tigers' 40-man roster but they found room for him on their initial 58-player list for 2020. The 28-year-old hit 16 home runs in 96 games across three levels of the minors last year, so he does offer a little pop, though he's unlikely to earn enough playing time to be a fantasy factor.
Schwindel hit a pair of two-run home runs in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox. It was a huge performance for Schwindel, who signed a minor-league deal with Tigers in November. The 27-year-old was the Opening Day first baseman in Kansas City last year, but he'll likely start 2020 with Triple-A Toledo and provide some organizational depth, though he'll bring some power upside if he gets promoted at some point.
Schwindel signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Thursday. Schwindel got his first taste of major-league action in 2019, but went 1-for-15 with two strikeouts over six games. The 27-year-old will return to the Triple-A level, where he recorded a .810 OPS with 10 home runs and 43 RBI over 47 games last season.
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