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Blake Swihart

22-Year-Old Catcher – Boston Red Sox

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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 o...

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LEAGUE: AA    40 MAN: NO   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 175   DOB: 4/3/1992   BORN: Bedford, TX   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 1st Rd   

April 4, 2014  –  Blake Swihart News

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Swihart went 2-for-3 with one RBI in his first game for Double-A Portland on Thursday.

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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 8 32 31 5 10 3 2 1 0 5 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 .323 .344 .452 .796

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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 32 31 3.1% 9.4% 0.33 90% .357 .129

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Swihart is set to begin the regular season as Double-A Portland's starting catcher, the Portland Press Herald reports.

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Swihart has been invited to major league training camp, Sox Prospects reports.

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Swihart said his improved batting in 2013 was the result of being more comfortable catching, the Boston Herald reports. "I calmed down at the batter's box, I was more comfortable catching, I learned to call pitches in better situations," said Swihart. "I improved everywhere, and I think I can improve more this year."

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Swihart was named Boston's Minor League Defensive Player of the Year, the Providence Journal reports.

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Swihart ended the first half of the season with a .281 average and an .800 OPS for High-A Salem.

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Swihart has recovered from a slow start and is now hitting .266/.341/.430 at High-A Salem.

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Swihart went 0-for-4 on Friday night and is hitting just .111 (2-for-18) to start the 2013 season for High-A Salem.

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Swihart made his debut for the big league club in spring training, catching the final two innings and delivering a two-run double in Boston's win over Tampa Bay.

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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.