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Darnell Thomas Sweeney (born February 1, 1991) is an American professional baseball utility player in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies.

Darnell Sweeney
Darnell Sweeney, 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game.jpg
Pittsburgh Pirates
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 2018 season)
Batting average.172
Home runs3
Runs batted in11



Sweeney 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.

Sweeney attended college at the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he played college baseball for the UCF Knights.[1] He was selected to the Conference 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 DodgersEdit

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.[2]

In 2012 with the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer 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 Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts for 2014. He was selected to the mid-season Southern League all-star game.[3] 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.[4] The Dodgers invited him to attend major league spring training in 2015.[5] He was assigned to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers[6] and selected to the mid-season all-star team.[7]

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

On August 19, 2015, Sweeney and fellow minor leaguer John Richy were traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Chase Utley.[8] The Phillies immediately added Sweeney to the major league roster.[9] He made his MLB debut August 20 as a pinch hitter.[10] His first major league hit — a home run — came on August 22 in Miami against the Marlins.[11]

Return to the DodgersEdit

On November 11, 2016, he was traded back to the Dodgers (along with Darin Ruf) in exchange for Howie Kendrick[12] and was assigned to Oklahoma City to begin the season.[13] In 2017, in 38 games, he hit .227.

Cincinnati RedsEdit

Sweeney was traded to the Cincinnati Reds on May 27, 2017 for future considerations.[14] He was released on March 31, 2018.[15]

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

On April 3, 2018, Sweeney signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, and was assigned to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[16] He was called up by the Blue Jays on June 29 to replace Steve Pearce who had been traded to the Boston Red Sox. He was outrighted to Triple-A on July 5, 2018. Sweeney was recalled by the Blue Jays on July 31, and designated for assignment on August 2.[17] He elected free agency on October 2.[18]

Kansas City T-BonesEdit

On February 12, 2019, Sweeney signed with the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association.

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

On June 12, 2019, Sweeney's contract was purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates.[19]


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  2. ^ "Trio of Knights Taken in MLB Draft". June 6, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  3. ^ Stephen, Eric (June 3, 2014). "Chris Reed, Scott Schebler among 5 Chattanooga Southern League All-Stars". truebluela. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  4. ^ Stephen, Eric (December 10, 2014). "Corey Seager, Scott Schebler, Darnell Sweeney named to 2014 AFL Top Prospects Team". Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  5. ^ Weisman, Jon (January 9, 2015). "Arruebarrena, Seager, Urias among 17 non-roster Spring Training invitees". Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  6. ^ Hoornstra, J. P. (April 7, 2015). "Revealed: Opening Day roster for Triple-A Oklahoma City". LA Daily News. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  7. ^ "Four OKC Dodgers Named to Triple-A All-Star Game". July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  8. ^ Weisman, Jon (August 19, 2015). "Dodgers add Chase Utley for postseason pursuit". Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  9. ^ Gitlin, Marty (August 19, 2015). "2B Darnell Sweeney, P Jerad Eickhoff set to join Phillies". CBS Sports. Retrieved August 19, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Kaplan, Jake (August 22, 2015). "Phillies Notes: Phillies newcomer Darnell Sweeney Happy to be in the Big Leagues". Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  11. ^ Kaplan, Jake (August 23, 2015). "Sweeney's First Homer Helps Phillies beat Marlins". Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  12. ^ Stephen, Eric (November 11, 2016). "Dodgers trade Howie Kendrick to Phillies for Darin Ruf and Darnell Sweeney". SB Nation. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  13. ^ Oklahoma City Dodgers (April 5, 2017). "OKC Dodgers Release 2017 Opening Day Roster". Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  14. ^ "Reds' Darnell Sweeney: Dealt to Reds". CBS Sports. May 28, 2017. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  15. ^ Downing, Kyle (March 31, 2018). "Minor MLB Transactions: 3/31/18". Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  16. ^ "Darnell Sweeney Stats, Highlights, Bio". Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  17. ^ "Toronto Blue Jays PR on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  18. ^ "Darnell Sweeney Stats, Highlights, Bio". Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  19. ^ "Former Major Leaguer, Sweeney, Headed Back to Affiliated Ball". June 12, 2019. Retrieved June 12, 2019.

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