By Paul Lecker
Trevor Schwecke, a 2016 graduate of Marshfield High School and a shortstop for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team, was drafted in the 13th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Schwecke was the 387th overall selection in the three-day draft and was the second UW-Milwaukee player chosen in this year’s draft. Teammate Jake Sommers, a pitcher from Hortonville, was picked by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th round.
Schwecke was a second-team All-Horizon League honoree his first two seasons for the Panthers before earning first-team honors this season. He hit .335 with 74 hits, 20 doubles, three triples, four home runs and a team-high 54 RBIs this year for the Panthers, who finished who finished 35-21-1 overall and 18-11 in the Horizon League.
“We couldn’t be happier for Trevor,” UW-Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said in a press release. “He came in as a walk-on three years ago and just wanted an opportunity. He is a highly-motivated person who just works and works. He has turned himself into a darn good player, great teammate and leader. It was such a pleasure and an honor to be a part of his journey.”
Schwecke, 21, is the son of Tim Schwecke and Deborah Decker and is an actuarial sciences and statistics major. He was a two-time first-team All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Baseball Team selection at Marshfield High School and an AP Scholar with Distinction.
Schwecke is the third former Marshfield baseball player to be drafted in the past four years.
Elliot Ashbeck, a 2012 graduate of Marshfield High School and a pitcher at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., was chosen in the 16th round (477th pick overall) by the San Diego Padres in 2015, and Daulton Varsho, a 2014 Marshfield grad and a catcher at UW-Milwaukee, was chosen 68th overall and first in the Competitive Balance Round B, which immediately followed the second round, by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017.