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Blake Swihart

23-Year-Old Catcher – Boston Red Sox

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Swihart began the 2014 season, his second full season as a catcher, at Double-A Portland after being named the organization's Defensive Player of the Year at High-A Salem in 2013. He continued his dev...

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LEAGUE: AAA    40 MAN: YES   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 205   DOB: 4/3/1992   BORN: Bedford, TX   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 1st Rd   

April 19, 2015  –  Blake Swihart News

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Swihart had four hits, two doubles and two RBI in five at-bats for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. He's hit safely in all seven games played.

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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2011 19 R GUL 2 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2012 20 A GRE 92 378 344 44 90 28 17 4 7 53 6 2 26 68 0 8 0 .262 .307 .395 .702
2013 21 A SAL 103 422 376 45 112 38 29 7 2 42 7 8 41 63 1 3 1 .298 .366 .428 .794
2014 22 AA POR 92 380 347 47 104 38 23 3 12 55 7 1 29 65 0 3 1 .300 .353 .487 .840
2014 22 AAA PAW 18 71 69 6 18 5 3 1 1 9 1 0 2 15 0 0 0 .261 .282 .377 .659
2015 23 AAA PAW 11 46 46 3 14 3 3 0 0 9 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 .304 .304 .370 .674
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2011 19 R GUL 6 6 0% 33.3% 0.00 67% .000 .000
2012 20 A GRE 378 344 6.9% 18% 0.38 80% .309 .133
2013 21 A SAL 422 376 9.7% 14.9% 0.65 83% .354 .130
2014 22 AA POR 380 347 7.6% 17.1% 0.45 81% .341 .187
2014 22 AAA PAW 71 69 2.8% 21.1% 0.13 78% .321 .116
2015 23 AAA PAW 46 46 0% 17.4% 0.00 83% .368 .066
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Swihart drove in the winning run in the 13th inning for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. He is 2-for-11 with two RBI so far this year.

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Manager John Farrell said the team is waiting to hear the extent of Christian Vazquez's elbow injury before deciding if Swihart should remain with the major league club, the Boston Globe reports.

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Swihart is in the mix to remain in Boston should Christian Vazquez (elbow) not be ready to start the season, the Boston Herald reports.

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Swihart served as the catcher for Clay Buchholz in Friday's game against the Braves.

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Swihart went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Sunday's game against the Phillies. He raised his spring average to .538.

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Swihart would not be called up to the majors should an injury strike one of Boston's catchers early in the season, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell, the Boston Globe reports. "He's still developing, with his receiving particularly," the manager said. "His game-calling, he's getting familiar with [pitchers] that he's catching now for the first time. The athleticism is as good as you're going to find behind the plate. It's more experience at the upper levels is where hes at in his own development path."

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2014

Swihart, who will turn 22 before next season, served as a full-time catcher in 2013 and made great strides defensively. He was named Boston's Minor League Defensive Player of the Year after throwing out 42 percent of would-be base-stealers. More importantly, the 175-pounder held up over the grind of catching a full season. Learning the game as a catcher has taken away from Swihart's development as a hitter, but he did alright in that department last year, slashing .298/.366/.428 while increasing his walk total and maintaining a similar number of strikeouts. Along with Christian Vazquez, Swihart represents the catching future in Boston. If Vazquez emerges as the top backstop, Swihart is athletic enough to switch positions (he played third base in high school). It's likely he will open the season at Double-A Portland.

2013

Swihart, drafted out of high school where he played both third base and catcher, spent last season as a full-time receiver. It's a positive sign that the Red Sox placed him at a full-season team, Low-A Greenville, fresh out of high school. He's relatively new to catching and, at this stage of his career, is a bit on the thin side for the position. His development defensively may take away from his production as a hitter, but the switch-hitter projects as a plus hitter for average with modest power. Swihart slashed just .262/.307/.395 with seven homers for the Drive in 2012. Swihart's considered an excellent athlete, who could change positions down the line, but for now he's focused on improving as a backstop. He's likely to be placed High-A Salem to start 2013.

2012

Swihart, a first-round draft pick in 2011, is an athletic switch-hitter who played both third base and catcher during his senior year in high school. The Red Sox will use him solely as a catcher as he enters his first full season in the organization, though he could move off the position as he matures. Swihart projects as a plus hitter for average, but needs to work on his approach and pitch recognition. And there's some power potential, but he's still on the lean side.