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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%: 27/9 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Red Sox place Blake Swihart on DL


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) The Red Sox placed catcher Blake Swihart on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 1.

Swihart has been battling a toe injury for just over two weeks. He's played once since Sunday.

“With Blake, he had been playing with some pain as we know,” manager John Farrell said, per WEEI. “The injury that he suffered to that small left toe is obviously still there. The symptoms never really subsided to the point where the recommendation at the time with the number of days needed initially, we kind of took a shortcut initially to get him back in the lineup. But we’re afforded the ability to give him so added rest right now.” 


Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart returns from foot injury Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart made his return to the lineup Thursday against the Orioles after missing three straight starts due to a foot injury.

Swihart is batting .279 (12 for 43) with one home run, four doubles, three RBI, seven runs, four walks and nine strikeouts in his last 14 games (12 starts).


Red Sox C Blake Swihart (foot) still can't start on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/24/2015) Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart remains out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Orioles. Swihart has now missed three consecutive games with a foot injury sustained in Saturdays ballgame. 

There is currently no timetable for Swihart's return to the lineup, and his status for Thursday's series-finale is uncertain.


Red Sox C Blake Swihart (foot) unable to go on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/23/2015) Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart will miss his second consecutive start, as he is being held out of Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles. Swihart left Saturday's game and did not play Sunday because of a sprained foot.

The Red Sox have not provided an update on Swihart's status, and is availability off the bench is uncertain. Sandy Leon will get the start behind the plate once again on Tuesday.


Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval intends to play Tuesday; Swihart unsure


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval plans to play in Tuesday's game against the Orioles, Sandoval said after missing Sunday's contest, reports The Boston Globe.

Sandoval is dealing with a left ankle sprain. Meanwhile, catcher Blake Swihart has a foot sprain and he is unsure if he'll be able to play in Tuesday's contest.


A limping Blake Swihart could mean Red Sox to call up catcher


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) The absence of Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart from the lineup Sunday is more than just a typical break from squatting, indicates the Boston Globe, which is reporting that he was noticeably limping before the game.

His foot sprain, which was sustained Saturday, could result in Boston summoning another catcher in time for the start of the series against Baltimore on Tuesday.


Red Sox C Blake Swihart exits Saturday's game with foot sprain


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/20/2015) Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart left Saturday's game in the top of the sixth inning due to a left foot sprain. Swihart had been 2 for 2 with a double and a run scored before being lifted for a pinch hitter.

There is currently no word on his status for Sunday's game, though he should be considered day-today at this point.


Red Sox C Blake Swihart hits first career home run Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/4/2015) Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart belted his first career home run in Thursday's 8-4 loss to the Twins. Swihart's blast was a solo shot that went into the left-field bleacher seats in the top of the third to give his team a 3-0 lead. 

"It felt good. It has been a long time coming, I guess finally being able to do something on the offensive side to help the team out," he said, per MLB.com.

The home run was his only hit of the game in four at-bats, as his batting average rose slightly to .218. He also has eight RBI in his first 23 games this season.

"At the moment it felt great, but now it doesn't mean anything," Swihart said. "It put another run on the board at that point though, which was important."


Red Sox C Blake Swihart gets behind the plate for Game 2


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/3/2015) Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart is in the lineup for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Twins. Swihart did not start the first game, and has not played since Sunday. But he does own a seven-game hitting streak, raising his batting average from .176 to .225 during that time.

Swihart replaces Sandy Leon, who was hitless in three at-bats in Wednesday's opener. 


Red Sox's Blake Swihart extends hit streak to seven games


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart went 1 for 4 in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers to extend his hitting streak to seven games.

Swihart has recorded a hit in eight straight games in which he's recorded an at-bat, and after going 4 for 32 to open his career he has hit .308/.341/.333 in 39 at-bats over his last 12 games. He's managed just one extra-base hit (a double) this season and hasn't homered in the majors or minors in 2015 after racking up 13 home runs last season.


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.