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71 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: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 4/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Swihart could be Opening Day catcher if Vazquez remains sidelined


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:28 pm ET) 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.


Report: Red Sox not willing to deal Blake Swihart for Cole Hamels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) The Phillies are targeting Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart in a deal for starting pitcher Cole Hamels, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday. Because the Red Sox don't want to deal Swihart, who is the top-ranked prospect in Boston's farm by Baseball America, both sides have reached a stalemate.

Swihart slashed .293/.341/.469 with 13 homers and 64 RBI over 416 at-bats between Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland.


Swihart among four players added to Red Sox's 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Red Sox announced Thursday they added infielder Sean Coyle, pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, catcher Blake Swihart and infielder Travis Shaw to the 40-man roster.

Swihart making 'big strides'


(2/6/2013) 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].”