Hawkins drafted by Padres


Former Swift Current 57’s pitcher Garrett Hawkins was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday.

The 6’5’’, 230-pound right-handed pitcher was selected in the ninth round, 280th overall.

The Biggar native pitched two seasons in Swift Current, beginning in 2018 when he finished 4-0 with a 3.13 earned run average. He struck out 38 over 37.1 innings and only walked 17 batters in the Western Canadian Baseball League.

In 2019 he posted a 1.58 ERA over 10 appearances and struck out 38 over 34 innings while lowering his walks to 12.

He has played the past three seasons for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.