Blake Swihart Pawtucket Red Sox  |  Catcher

     
 













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Age: 22
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: Late 2015

Photo © Kelly O'Connor

Links
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)

Scouting Report: Athletic, switch hitting catcher. Possesses fluid swings from both sides of the plate. Plus bat speed via quick, explosive hands. Swing is more compact from the left side, but needs improvement getting hands above the ball against offerings above the thighs. Creates strong backspin. Hit tool to profile as a plus hitter for average as he matures. Needs work developing a professional approach. Below-average pitch recognition. Solid-average power potential. Can develop ability to hit home runs as swing gains more leverage and lower body torque. Presently on the lean side and lacks strength. Early game power will be below-average. Average runner. Average-to-plus defensive tools. Excellent reflexes. Fluid actions. Moves well laterally and has quick feet. Pops out of crouch easily. Plus arm with smooth release. On the small side for a catcher and not overly filled out in the legs.  Lack of size could result in position change down the line. Should have the bat and athleticism to transition if necessary. Second base likely destination if moves off of catching position.

 
   
  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
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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: November 2017
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2014
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
-
MLB Service Time (through 2013):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2014): MiLB Contract
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

 

  

 
 

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