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Swihart making 'big strides'
|(2/6/13) Red Sox prospect Blake Swihart had a productive first year of pro ball last season as he batted .262 with seven homers and 53 RBI at Class A Greenville. The 20-year-old told ESPN.com on Wednesday catching 66 games in 2012 helped him get a better feel for the game. Big strides, he said. And then this offseason I've just improved even more and hopefully next season I can [keep improving].
|Blake Swihart is a leap-of-faith prospect if there ever was one. Yeah, he has hit for a decent average, but at least from a Fantasy owner's perspective, his minor-league contributions are lacking. Yet he remains as highly regarded as when the Red Sox selected him 26th overall in the 2011 draft. At age 21, he's still young enough to live up to those expectations -- Max Stassi is the perfect example of a prospect who suddenly had it click for him -- but if nothing else, Swihart doesn't look like he's reaching the majors anytime soon. Still, Baseball America rates him as a better prospect than both Garin Cecchini and Mookie Betts -- two Red Sox farmhands with the numbers to back it up -- pointing out that the power he shows in batting practice should translate to games as his pitch recognition improves. Yeah, maybe. But something tells me Fantasy owners aren't lining up to claim Swihart right now. In deep enough dynasty leagues, he's well worth owning -- catchers with plus offensive potential are relatively few and far between -- but he isn't as much of a priority as some prospects, including those other two Red Sox.
(Updated 1/15/14) |
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