Blake Swihart Pawtucket Red Sox  |  Catcher

     
 













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Age: 23
Born: April 3, 1992
Bedford, TX
Height: 6-1
Weight: 175
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Drafted: 1st round, 2011
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Cleveland HS (NM)
ETA: Mid 2015

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2012 Prospect Preview
Swihart could be catcher of the future (2.6.13)
2013 Prospect Preview
Catcher Swihart has tools to be great (7.3.13)
2013 Top 40 Season in Review
Swihart staying grounded despite spotlight (1.16.14)
2014 Top 40 Season in Review
Rookie Dev Program notes: Swihart looks back... (1.24.15)
Swihart learning to catch the knuckler... (4.17.15)

Physical Description: Athletic build, lean muscle, solid core. Has filed out considerably since signing, especially in his lower half, but still has some room for added bulk without losing athleticism.

Hit: Switch hitter with fluid, line-drive stroke from both sides. Plus bat speed and bat control through the zone with loud, consistent contact. Uses whole field. Solid pitch recognition, hand-eye coordination, and understanding of the strike zone. Future plus hit tool (.275-.285 average) with average-to-above-average on-base percentage. Battles. Doesn’t use batting gloves.

Power: Strong for his size. More to come as he physically matures. More present power from the right side. Squares balls up with consistency. Doesn’t sell out for power. However, plus bat speed, raw strength and hand-eye coordination to square balls up consistently will translate to future average power potential (15-20 home runs).

Arm: Plus-to-better arm strength. Accurate thrower. Gets out of his crouch easily. Consistently throws out runners at a high percentage.

Field: Consistent sub 2.0 pop times, typically between 1.8-1.9. Athletic behind the plate with quick feet and lateral movements. Frames well, and athleticism provides mobility for excellent blocking skills on balls in the dirt. Future plus defense with plus athleticism.

Run: Average runner, but above-average for catcher. Can go first to third and score from second. Alert on the basepaths with good instincts.

Career Notes: Committed to the University of Texas prior to signing. Primarily played shortstop and outfield in high school. Played for Team USA 18-and-Under National Team in 2010. Also played basketball in high school.

Summation: Future first-division regular and solid contributor across the board. Potential above-average hit tool and average power potential at a premium defensive position. Athleticism behind the plate immediately stands out. Natural instincts. Confident actions. Elite makeup and strong work ethic. Arguably the best catching prospect in the game right now.

 
   
  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2011 Cleveland HS HS HS --- 19 --- 99 54 54 17 5 5 41 96 --- --- 19 --- 0.545 --- 0.970 ---
  2011 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 19 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
  2012 Greenville SAL A Bos 20 92 344 44 90 17 4 7 53 136 26 68 6 2 0.262 0.307 0.395 0.702
  2013 Salem Car A Bos 21 103 376 45 112 29 7 2 42 161 41 63 7 8 0.298 0.366 0.428 0.794
  2014 Portland East AA Bos 22 92 347 47 104 23 3 12 55 169 29 65 7 1 0.300 0.353 0.487 0.840
  2014 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 22 18 69 6 18 3 1 1 9 26 2 15 1 0 0.261 0.282 0.377 0.659
  2015 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 23     stats                            
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  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: SWIE-hart
First Pro Contract:
August 15, 2011 by Matt Mahoney
Signing Bonus: $2,500,000
MiLB Debut: August 26, 2011 (GCL)
MLFA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-man: November 20, 2014 (BOS)
MLB Debut:
-
MLB Service Time (through 2014):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2015): $507,500
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
2013 Carolina League All-Star
2013 Red Sox ML Defensive Player of the Year
2014 Eastern League All-Star
2014 Portland Sea Dogs MVP
SoxProspects.com Awards
2014 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2014 SoxProspects.com Season-End All-Star
2015 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star

 

  

 
 

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