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23 Blake Swihart C
Height/Weight: 6-1/175 | Birthdate: 4/3/1992 | Birthplace: Bedford, TX | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Boston | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 35/15 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Red Sox give young catcher Blake Swihart a breather Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart will get a rest on Thursday against the Rangers, as he is being held out of the starting lineup. The rookie catcher has started each of the last four games, but he's starting to turn things around at the plate.

Swihart's been struggling offensively since his call-up on May 2, hitting just .170 on the year. But he has a hit in three of his last four games, so perhaps he is starting to adjust to Major League pitching.

Sandy Leon will spell Swihart behind the plate and bat ninth on Thursday.


Red Sox dropping down more bunts in 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell has been asking his players, speficially Xander Bogaerts, Blake Swihart and Sandy Leon, to drop down more bunts this season, according to MLB.com.

"We've placed a greater emphasis on it in spring training," said Farrell. "Maybe guys that haven't done it in their Minor League career, guys that dominate the Minor Leagues [but are] going to come up and hit in the bottom third of our order ... you want to allow them to grow as Major League players, but to contribute to a rally by putting down a sacrifice bunt, there's a lot of benefit that goes to the individual."

Boston has already dropped down 10 sacrifices this season in 36 games after only getting 20 down last season. 

"You go back to the game situation," said Farrell. "Did we anticipate an offense that would be more consistent than what we've shown? Yes, and we'll realize that in time. But where we are and what the game is suggesting and presenting to us, we've got to be equipped to handle that, and we've asked guys in those spots to lay a bunt down."


Several regulars return to Red Sox lineup Thursday vs. Mariners


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell is returning several regulars back to the starting lineup on Thursday against the Mariners. First baseman Mike Napoli, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, catcher Blake Swihart and right fielder Shane Victorino were rested on Wednesday, but all are back in for Thursday night's contest.


Red Sox's Blake Swihart receives another breather after 0-for-3 night


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart received another day of rest Wednesday afternoon against Oakland, after going 0 for 3 with a strikeout the previous night. Sandy Leon will get the start and bat ninth for Boston on Tuesday.

Swihart is hitting .133 (4 for 30) with two doubles since joining the majors.

Boston is an underdog (+131) at Oakland, per VegasInsider.com.


David Ross gives sage advice to Red Sox C Blake Swihart


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Current Cubs backup catcher David Ross understands the plight of Red Sox new starter Blake Swihart. The former knows the pressure of being a young backstop. He knows the pressure of playing in Boston. And he knows the pressure of working with an underachieving pitching staff.

So he is providing some advice.

"In Blake's instance, you're looking at a young player who has a lot of hype surrounding him and rightfully so," Ross told WEEI. "But the things I've learned over the years of being a catcher are things I've learned from making mistakes. I've been table to make mistakes as a backup, things that have molded me into the game-caller that I am. The best way to learn in baseball when you make mistakes is to get burned by them and then take a mental note that you're able to store away about hitters or about a pitcher that can or can't execute a certain pitch."

Ross added that it's unrealistic to expect too much from Swihart so quickly.

"There'a learning curve," Ross said. "And then there's the trust factor. When you have a young guy back there, it takes a while to build that trust, and to figure out whether or not this guy knows what he's doing or not doing. It's a process. It's not just going to happen in a couple of starts. ... The more [a pitcher shakes] me off the more I'm going to understand the way you like to pitch and the better it will be for me. That way when we do get into tight situations they're not scared to go with what they feel."

It is hoped Swihart is not taking his struggles at the plate with him behind it - or vice versa. He has just two hits in 22 at-bats since his arrival.


Sandy Leon replaces Blake Swihart in Red Sox lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Sandy Leon gets the start at catcher for the Red Sox on Sunday. 

Leon will bat ninth in the order and replace Blake Swihart, who has started six of seven games since Ryan Hanigan went on the disabled list. 

Leon gets his eighth start of the season. 


Red Sox's Farrell on Swihart: 'I think he's handled himself well'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell has been impressed by rookie catcher Blake Swihart behind the plate, WEEI.com reports.

"I think he’s handled himself well," Farrell said. "You observe the conversation with the starting pitcher or the staff in between innings and that’s all been a good pace. You don’t see the game speeding up on him or him being inundated with information. I think he’s still been able to think freely behind the plate, read some swings, for the most part he’s handled the ball in the dirt OK ... so far so good."

Swihart was summoned to the majors after Ryan Hanigan suffered a broken finger, making him the second Red Sox catcher to hit the disabled list this season. The rookie is 1 for 10 with a walk and a run scored in three games.


Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart out of the lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart is out of the starting lineup, with Sandy Leon slotted behind the plate, according to the Boston Herald.

Swihart started the last two games after being called up when Ryan Hanigan went down with an injury. Christian Vazquez didn't think Swihart would get the call Monday to catch Clay Buchholz because of his independence on the mound, according to the report.

"I think he's the tough one to get on the same page with because he runs his game," Vazquez said. "He likes to run his game. But we talk a lot about that and get on the same page to not shake too much last year. It got better."

Leon will make his seventh start and is hitting .200 with two RBI in 20 at-bats. The Red Sox are currently the favorites (-134) against Tampa Bay.


Red Sox plan to use C Blake Swihart on regular basis


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) Red Sox rookie catcher Blake Swihart is being thrown right into the fire after his recent call-up, as he was in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees with plans to keep the youngster behind the plate for the foreseeable future, per the Providence Journal

Manager John Farrell said that Swihart will get the bulk of the starts, with Sandy Leon taking over the backup role. 

"We want to get to Blake in the flow of things as quickly as we can and yet recognizing and being a little bit sensitive when there may be a need for a breather," Farrell said. 


Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart gets hit in MLB debut


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart collected his first-career base hit Saturday, legging out an infield single in a loss to the Yankees.

Swihart was called up Saturday morning as a replacement for Ryan Hanigan, who suffered a broken finger on Friday against New York.

Swihart batted ninth in his debut and went 1 for 3.

Red Sox purchase contract of Blake Swihart; Ryan Hanigan to the DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) The Red Sox officially purchased the contract of catching prospect Blake Swihart from Triple-A Pawtucket prior to Saturday's game against the Yankees at Fenway Park.

Swihart, 23, will take over for Ryan Hanigan, who suffered a broken finger on Friday against New York. Hanigan was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Swihart, ranked No. 2 on Boston's Top 30 prospects list by MLB.com, will make his big-league debut and hit ninth in the order for Boston on Saturday. He batted .338/.392/.382 with three doubles and 11 RBI over 18 games at Triple-A.

"I feel ready. I don't think I'd be here if I didn't feel ready," Swihart said, per the Boston Herald.

Swihart added that he put plenty of work into his defense while in the minors, per MLB.com.

"I think I've improved a lot," Swihart said. "Whether that's learning new pitches or learning what they like to throw, when they like to throw it. Just pitch calling, and everything. That's my biggest thing I wanted to improve on."

Boston is a slight favorite (-115) at home against the Yankees, per VegasInsider.com.


With injury to C Ryan Hanigan, Red Sox to call up Blake Swihart from Triple-A


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) With the hand injury to catcher Ryan Hanigan suffered in Friday's loss to the Yankees, the Red Sox will call up catcher Blake Swihart from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, reports CBSSports.com MLB Insider Jon Heyman.

Hanigan suffered a displaced fracture in his hand and will require surgery.

Swihart was hitting .338 with 11 RBI in 18 games this season for Pawtucket.



Phillies scour Red Sox chain for potential Cole Hamels swap


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Though the Phillies would still insist on top talents such as outfielder Mookie Betts or catcher Blake Swihart as a starting point in a trade that sends ace Cole Hamels to Boston, they are also impressed with outfielder Manny Margot, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Red Sox remain the favorite to land Hamels due to their talent depth in the farm system and their desire to snag a top-flight starter.

Betts, however, might come with a bit of concern, according to one scout, who texted that though he's a good athlete, "I'm not sure about his ability to hit. You have to hit. He likes the ball in ... can't hit the ball away."

As for Swihart, the same scout reported that he's ready for the big leagues offensively, but not defensively.

Margot is off to a superb start at Class A Advanced Salem. He boasts a slash line of .324/.377/.515 in 68 at-bats with 16 runs scored and nine stolen bases.


Red Sox catching Blake Swihart getting reps at first base


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart took grounders at first base in Pawtucket, but isn't expected to play there anytime soon, reports Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal on Wednesday.

Swihart is hitting .339 (21 for 62) with three doubles and 11 RBI in 16 games at Triple-A.


Red Sox won't surrender Mookie Betts, Blake Swihart for Cole Hamels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) The Red Sox won't surrender outfielder Mookie Betts or catching prospect Blake Swihart in a deal with the Phillies for veteran pitcher Cole Hamels, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday.

Betts cracked the Opening Day roster and is hitting .286 (3 for 13) with a home run and an RBI through three games.

Heyman added that although Swihart is prepared defensively, he is a switch hitter with the ability to produce at the plate. Swihart, considered Boston's top prospect by Baseball America and the team's second-best prospect by MLB.com, slashed .293/.341/.469 with 13 homers and 64 RBI over 416 at-bats between Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland last season.


Farrell: Leon acquisition likely pushes Swihart to Triple-A roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Monday with the acquisition of Sandy Leon from the Nationals, prospect Blake Swihart will start the season in Triple-A, per ESPN. Leon has the inside track for the backup catcher job behind Ryan Hanigan.

Red Sox considering Swihart, haven't asked Jays about Navarro


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) The Red Sox will give catching prospect Blake Swihart an extended look over the final week of spring training to determine whether to give him a spot on the Opening Day roster, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Christian Vazquez was projected to be the team's starting catcher coming into spring training but is dealing with an elbow injury that may require Tommy John surgery. Despite the need at the catcher position, the Red Sox have not yet called the Blue Jays to inquire about No. 2 catcher Dioner Navarro, who has asked to be traded and is carrying a $5-million salary for 2015.


Christian Vazquez (elbow) on MRI: They 'found something' there


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez underwent an MRI on his injured elbow, and told reporters on Saturday that they "found something," but have to make a firm diagnosis. He's scheduled to undergo a second opinion in the Fort Myers area, according to WEEI.

Vazquez caught a minor-league game on Friday, but was prohibited from throwing to bases. Manager John Farrell said he's unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, per the Providence Journal. The Red Sox will likely consider Ryan Hanigan and prospect Blake Swihart as possible replacements for Vazquez.

"There's a little bit there, but I've got more in my tank," Vazquez said. "I want to be 100 percent to help the team. I need to be ready to help the team win.

"That's my goal, be ready and healthy because this is my first time getting hurt. I'm a little bit sad with myself for my first time, but I'm fine."


Swihart could be Opening Day catcher if Vazquez remains sidelined


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Though he was optioned to Triple-A last week, Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that he would be open to going with catching prospect Blake Swihart if Christian Vazquez remains sidelined with an elbow issue, according to the Boston Herald. Farrell will likely wait a little over a week before he decides on his Opening Day catcher.

"Anybody in our uniform is always under consideration," Farrell said. "We'll see how things play out in the next eight or nine days."


Blake Swihart among Red Sox players optioned to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) 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
(3/12/2015) 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
(3/10/2015) 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
(3/7/2015) 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
(3/2/2015) 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.


Red Sox catcher prospect Swihart not worried about trade rumors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) Red Sox catcher prospect Blake Swihart said he is not trying to get caught up in the trade rumors involving Phillies ace Cole Hamels. It is expected the Phillies would want Swihart, if they were to work a trade with the Red Sox.

"I mean, you hear about it, but I'm not worried," Swihart said, per the Boston Herald. "That stuff's out of my control, so I don't even think about it or ask questions. Teams are interested, so you know you're doing something right. You've just got to keep going about your business the right way."

Swihart, who is expected to open the season in Triple-A, is considered Boston's top prospect by Baseball America and the team's second-best prospect by MLB.com.