Darnell Sweeney

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Darnell Sweeney
Sweeney, during his tenure with the Oklahoma City Dodgers, at 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game
Philadelphia Phillies – No. 24
Utility player
Born: (1991-02-01) February 1, 1991 (age 28)
Carver Ranches, Florida
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 20, 2015, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average .176
Home runs 3
Runs batted in 11
On-base percentage .286

Darnell Sweeney (born February 1, 1991) is an American professional baseball utility player for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB).



He attended Fort Lauderdale High School for the 2005–2006 school year. Due to relocation Darnell finished off his prep career at American Senior High School. He was drafted in the 41st round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins but did not sign.

He attended college at the University of Central Florida, where he was selected to the C-USA All-Freshman Team with a .358 batting average, 83 hits and 17 stolen bases. As a Junior he was named to the Coral Gables All-Regional Team and was a Conference USA Preseason First Teamer.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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Darnell Sweeney in spring training with the Dodgers

Sweeney was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 13th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.[1]

In 2012 with the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer Baseball League he hit .303, stole 10 bags in 16 games. On July 8, 2012 he was called up to the Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League. There he hit .291, 23 RBI, 5 HR and stole 17 bases in only 51 games. In 2013 with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League, he hit .275 in 134 games with 11 homers, 75 RBI and 48 steals. He was promoted to the AA Chattanooga Lookouts for 2014. He was selected to the mid-season Southern League all-star game.[2] In 132 games, he hit .288 with 14 homers and 57 RBI. After the season, he played with the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League and was selected to the AFL Top Prospects List.[3] The Dodgers invited him to attend major league spring training in 2015.[4] He was assigned to the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers[5] and selected to the mid-season all-star team.[6]

Philadelphia Phillies

On August 19, 2015, Sweeney and fellow minor leaguer John Richy were traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Chase Utley.[7] The Phillies immediately added Sweeney to the major league roster.[8] He made his MLB debut August 20 as a pinch hitter.[9] His first major league hit — a home run — came on August 22 in Miami against the Marlins.[10]


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  6. "Four OKC Dodgers Named to Triple-A All-Star Game". milb.com. July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Weisman, Jon (August 19, 2015). "Dodgers add Chase Utley for postseason pursuit". Dodgers.com. Retrieved August 19, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Gitlin, Marty (August 19, 2015). "2B Darnell Sweeney, P Jerad Eickhoff set to join Phillies". CBS Sports. Retrieved August 19, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Kaplan, Jake (August 22, 2015). "Phillies Notes: Phillies newcomer Darnell Sweeney Happy to be in the Big Leagues". Philly.com. Retrieved August 22, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Kaplan, Jake (August 23, 2015). "Sweeney's First Homer Helps Phillies beat Marlins". Philly.com. Retrieved August 23, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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