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Blake Swihart among Red Sox players optioned to Triple-A
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(3/20/15) Red Sox catcher prospect Blake Swihart was among the players optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, according to the Boston Herald. Swihart, onsidered Boston's top prospect by Baseball America and the team's second-best prospect by MLB.com, was the subject of various trade rumors this offseason. He hit .389 (7 for 18) with one home run and four RBI this spring.
Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez was also optioned down to Pawtucket on Friday. He allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings of work this spring.
Red Sox appear willing to be patient with prospect Blake Swihart
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/12/15) Barring an injury to Christian Vazquez or Ryan Hanigan, Red Sox catcher prospect Blake Swihart is expected to open the season in the minors, per The Providence Journal.
Manager John Farrell said the team would be comfortable going with Swihart if Vazquez or Hanigan were hurt, but that doesn't mean he would be the team's first callup.
"We would be comfortable, but that doesn't mean we would make that move," Farrell said. "He's still developing with his receiving, particularly. The game-calling, he's getting familiar with guys he's catching for the first time."
Veteran catcher Humberto Quintero appears headed to Triple-A Pawtucket with Swihart to provide organizational depth for the Red Sox. Quintero would likely get the call to the majors, if Swihart is not ready to replace an injured player.
"That's part of the thinking," Farrell said.
Red Sox's Blake Swihart hoping to end spring with big league club
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(3/10/15) Red Sox prospect Blake Swihart may be the team's best up and coming player. He just doesn't know where he's going to end up when the season begins, reports the Boston Herald.
"This spring is all about showing what you can do, making an impression," Swihart said. "I know the circumstances. I know how things work in the spring. There are (veteran) guys here just trying to get their timing down. My situation is different. All I can do is try to make an impression."
Swihart has shown an improvement in his defense since switching to shortstop.
"I'm more athletic than most catchers," Swihart said. "I've always had quick feet and been able to run. I want to stay a strong athlete. I work at that in the offseason with a lot of stretching. My whole goal is to stay athletic . . . a different type of catcher."
Bud Norris batted around in Orioles start
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(3/7/15) Bud Norris gave up four runs in one inning of work for the Orioles on Saturday.
The Red Sox tagged Norris for four hits, including a home run.
Norris struggled from the outset, allowing a single, triple and walk to the first three batters. He then threw a wild pitch. One out later, Norris gave up a three-run home run to Blake Swihart. The blast was part of a three-for-four day for Swihart.
""It was good to get back out there," he told Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com. "Haven't been out there since October, and some hitters. Probably going a hair too fast, kind of putting the training wheels back on and trying to get yourself comfortable out there."
"I threw a few changeups, but a couple of those fastballs weren't in enough on the plate," he added. "They put some good swings on it."
Report: Red Sox, Phillies haven't made progress on Hamels' deal
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(3/2/15) The Red Sox and Phillies have not made progress on a deal for pitcher Cole Hamels, according to the Boston Herald.
The Red Sox have been mentioned as a contender for Hamels in the past, but the club is hesitant to give up their top prospects for the pitcher. Though Phillies' special assistant to the general manager Charley Kerfeld was spotted at Red Sox facilities on Monday, two sources told the Herald that no progress has been made on a deal.
The Phillies are said to covet either Mookie Betts or Blake Swihart, but Boston has refused to include either player in a deal.
Hamels, 31, posted a 2.46 ERA over 204 2/3 innings last year.
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