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World Series winner taken in the eighth round


The Western Iowa Community College Reivers just won their third National Junior College title in the last five years, and right-handed pitcher Erik Swanson, who was taken by the Rangers in the eighth round, was a big reason behind it.

Swanson pitched in 14 games for Western Iowa and was 10-1 with a 2.39 ERA. He averaged 11.05 strikeouts. In the Junior College World Series, he threw a five-hit shutout against Midland to earn Outstanding Pitcher honors. He was also the winning pitcher in the regional final to put his team in the JUCO World Series.

"He has a big projectable body, an average to plus fastball in the mid 90s," scouting director Kip Fagg said.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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