Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
 Free Agent  
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Blake Swihart in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Nationals in January of 2021. Released by the Nationals in September of 2021.
Cut loose
OFFree Agent  
September 13, 2021
Swihart was released by Washington on Monday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Swihart will head to free agency after being let go. He spent the 2021 season with Triple-A Rochester, slashing .198/.299/.339 with five home runs, 17 RBI and two stolen bags.
Read More News
Batting Stats
Loading Batting Stats...
2019
2018
2017
2019 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
Loading Batting Game Log...
2018 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
Loading Batting Game Log...
2017 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
Loading Batting Game Log...
Minor League Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Minor League Batting Game Log...
Advanced Batting Stats
Loading Advanced Batting Stats...
Additional Stats
Games By Position
Defensive Stats
Loading Games Played by Position...
Loading MLB Defensive Stats...
Batted Ball Stats
Loading Batted Ball Stats...
Stats Vs Upcoming Pitchers
Want more matchup stats?
Loading Matchup Stats...
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
Once considered one of the game's top catching prospects, Swihart has failed to establish himself as a major-league bench player, let alone the star or at least starter he was projected to be. The Red Sox gave up on him in mid-April, designating him for assignment and trading him to the Diamondbacks. In 99 plate appearances for his two teams, he hit a meager .163/.222/.304, bringing his career slash line over parts of five seasons to .243/.301/.355. He also missed two months with a strained oblique. His offensive numbers are probably good enough to carve out a role as a backup catcher, though the Diamondbacks didn't seem to like him there, playing him exclusively in the outfield and at first base. After signing a minor-league deal with the Rangers, it's possible he impresses enough in camp to earn a bench spot, but he'd have to reach an entirely new level in his age-28 season if he's to be a fantasy asset.
To make the Red Sox roster ahead of last season, Swihart was forced to expand his defensive versatility. He played just 28 games behind the plate but wound up logging 21 in the outfield, 10 at first base and a handful across second and third base. The switch hitter failed to work his way up the catching depth chart -- while Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez struggled at the plate, they worked more effectively with the starting pitchers. Swihart's production against righties dwarfed his numbers against lefties, but still, that only amounted to a .748 OPS. His 2019 role might again involve a mix between work behind the plate and around the field, which eventually could push him into second-catcher territory sometime during the year. At this point, the formerly-hyped prospect seems unlikely to make enough contact (27.5 K% in 2018, 25.8% for career) to ever be more than utility player/backup.
A severe ankle injury suffered in 2016 was still an issue for Swihart in 2017, as he played in just 71 games during the regular season with the bulk of those coming at Triple-A Pawtucket. He struggled at the plate, hitting .190/.246/.292 at Triple-A with four homers in 212 plate appearances, but Swihart showed signs of life in the Dominican Winter League, hitting .407/.515/.481 while seeing time at catcher, first base, and DH. The ceiling for Swihart has been lowered in the three years since he swatted 12 homers and delivered an .840 OPS as a 22-year-old at the Double-A level, but the Red Sox appear set on giving him reps at multiple positions with the hope of turning him into a utility player, thanks to his ability to cover multiple spots defensively and to switch hit. Of the small handful of appearances he made with the Red Sox last season, most came behind the plate, leaving him with eligibility as a catcher for those seeking reserve list options in deeper formats.
Swihart started the season behind the plate for the Red Sox, but only lasted six games before he was optioned back down to Triple-A to work on his defense. During a 29-game stint in Pawtucket, Swihart didn't necessarily excel, accumulating just a .655 OPS, though he did post a .344 OBP and expanded his versatility by making starts in left field. The 24-year-old was recalled after Brock Holt was placed on the disabled list, starting all 13 games he played in left field. The switch-hitter slashed .258/.365/.355 in 19 games and 79 plate appearances throughout 2016, bringing his major league totals to .271/.321/.386 in 383 plate appearances. His season ended early after he underwent successful surgery on his left ankle in August, although it shouldn't effect his spring training status. At this point, based on the Red Sox's depth at catcher and left field, it is unlikely that Swihart will be anything more than a part-time player regardless of his position.
Swihart arrived to the major leagues about six months ahead of schedule and was given a more active role than originally plotted for the switch-hitting catcher. Injuries to Christian Vazquez and Ryan Hanigan prompted the Red Sox to call up Swihart, who had just 38 games of experience at Triple-A Pawtucket. He was not a finished product in the minors and his defensive flaws were exposed in the majors. Predictably, he had a tough time at the plate when he first arrived. Swihart was learning new pitchers and trying to be a competent hitter — that's a lot to throw at a 23-year-old backstop. The hitting came along — Swihart hit .303/.353/.452 in the second half — but there's still some development needed in terms of game-calling and blocking pitches. Vazquez is not certain to be ready by Opening Day, so Swihart will likely remain on Boston's roster and part of the catching mix to start the season.
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 development as a backstop, including throwing out 47 percent of would-be basestealers while consistently recording 1.8-to-1.9 second pop times on throws to second base. After a few years of working on the defensive side of the job, Swihiart is now showing much more with his hit tool. He never went more than two starts without a hit and increased his power, hitting 12 homers and slugging a career-high .487 for the Sea Dogs. He also had a stretch at Triple-A Pawtucket where there was some noticeable drop-off, but nothing that was too concerning. With Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts having graduated to Boston, Swihart becomes Boston's top position prospect. He'll open the season at Pawtucket, with an anticipated 2016 arrival to the major leagues.
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.
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.
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.
More Fantasy News
Invited to spring training
OFWashington Nationals  
January 27, 2021
Swihart signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals as a non-roster invitee Wednesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Released by Texas
OFFree Agent  
August 25, 2020
Swihart was released by the Rangers on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Dealing with sore thumb
OFTexas Rangers  
Thumb
July 18, 2020
Swihart was scratched from the lineup ahead of Saturday's intrasquad game due to left thumb soreness.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Part of summer camp
OFTexas Rangers  
June 29, 2020
Swihart was added to the Rangers' 60-man player pool Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Back from illness
OFTexas Rangers  
March 7, 2020
Swihart (illness) pinch hit in Friday's spring game against the Padres.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.