The West Coast League is a 12-team collegiate wood-bat league in operation since 2005 with teams ranging from Medford, Ore. north to Kelowna, B.C. This past June, 56 West Coast League players were selected in the Major League Baseball draft.
"I am very proud that Aaron will be representing Kalamazoo College in a tremendous league like the West Coast League," said Kalamazoo College Head Coach Mike Ott. "He had several teams after him from a variety of the top summer collegiate leagues in the country but this proved to be a terrific fit for him and I am very proud of him."
Schwark, a 5'11" left handed pitcher from Grand Rapids, Mich., went 5-2 as a Kalamazoo College freshman last season. He compiled a 3.14 earned run average in 12 games with two complete games in eight starts. Schwark pitched 48 2/3 innings with 24 strikeouts and 11 walks.
"Summer collegiate baseball has expanded rapidly and the top players in the country, from Division 1 to Division 3, try to get placed in these national leagues to face the top competition and to gain exposure for themselves and their program," Ott added. "It is quite difficult for smaller schools to get guys into these large leagues so this is a tremendous opportunity for him. Aaron put together a tremendous freshman season and helped us do some special things and has been a part of putting the program into the position we are in heading into his sophomore season with a great deal of momentum behind us. It is great news to kick-off our fall season and I hope for a lot more positive news for Aaron and our program as the year progresses."