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Jon Michael Switzer (born August 13, 1979 in Bowling Green, Kentucky) is a pitcher in the Boston Red Sox organization.

Amateur careerEdit

High schoolEdit

Switzer is a 1998 graduate of Clear Lake High School in Houston, Texas While there he was three-year letterwinner and was selected for the following honors: '98 first-team all-district, '97 second-team all-district, USA Today 1998 All-USA honorable mention, Houston Area All-Star, '98 all-state selection. He also played for the South in the Texas North/South All-Star game at The Ballpark in Arlington.[1]

CollegeEdit

In 1998 Switzer was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 26th Round of the amateur entry draft[2] but chose to attend Arizona State University where he majored in marketing.

Switzer attended Arizona State for three years (1999-2001) and appeared in 66 games compiling a 23-13 record with a 4.01 ERA striking out 327 batters in 303.1 innings. He posted back-to-back seasons with 100+ strikeouts in 2000 (121) and 2001 (128). He was named Pac-10 Honorable Mention in 2000 and 2001, third-team Collegiate Baseball All-American in 2000.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Switzer was selected by Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2nd Round of 2001 amateur entry draft and began his professional career playing for the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League.[2]

By 2003 Switzer worked his way up to the Triple-A Durham Bulls and made his first major league appearance against the Kansas City Royals on August 2, 2003.[3]

Switzer missed the entire 2004 season with an injury.[4] He split the 2005 - 2007 seasons between Durham and the parent club. On November 30, 2007 Tampa outrighted Switzer to Durham.[5] December 1, he refused the minor league assignment and became a free agent.[6]

On January 4, 2008 Switzer was signed by the Boston Red Sox to a Minor League contract and was invited to spring training.[7] On March 13 he was optioned to the teams Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.[8]

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