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Birth Date4-3-1992
Height6' 1"
Weight175 lbs
Age22 years, 4 months, 17 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
2010
2011
2012
2013
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WARP Summary

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YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2011 RSX Rk 2 6 -.019 .236 .324 .311 .251 .000 89 -2 0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2
2012 GRN A 92 378 .257 .253 .330 .373 .258 .300 108 -1.4 11.1 2.3 -1.1 0.4 11.3 1.0 11.3 1.0
2013 SLM A+ 103 422 .271 .255 .333 .382 .256 .350 107 5.3 12.4 7.2 2.6 -6.9 20.8 2.4 20.8 2.4
2014 PME AA 92 380 .301 .260 .326 .391 .261 .337 102 16.1 10.4 4.9 0.6 2.1 38.0 4.1 38.0 4.1
2014 PAW AAA 11 46 .207 .263 .338 .387 .250 .312 101 -2.8 1.4 0.7 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 RSX Rk 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.019 -1.9 0.0 -0.2
2012 GRN A 378 44 90 17 4 7 53 26 68 6 2 .262 .307 .395 .134 .257 11.3 -1.1 1.0
2013 SLM A+ 422 45 112 29 7 2 42 41 63 7 8 .298 .366 .428 .130 .271 20.8 2.6 2.4
2014 PAW AAA 46 5 11 2 1 1 6 1 12 1 0 .244 .261 .400 .156 .207 0.5 0.1 0.1
2014 PME AA 380 47 104 23 3 12 55 29 65 7 1 .300 .353 .487 .187 .301 38.0 0.6 4.1

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Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-08-01 2012-08-14 Minors 13 0 Right Hip Strain - -

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This article requires BP Premium accessBP Top 50: Austin Hedges vs. Blake Swihart vs. Jorge AlfaroNick J. Faleris2014-06-27
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Blake Swihart? Top C prospect in the game? Or is he still behind Alfaro in your book? What does the ceiling look like for him?
(Kurt from Vegas)
Hedges is still the top catcher for me, but Swihart is gaining on him. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank Kevin Plawecki, Blake Swihart, Jorge Alfaro, and Kyle Schwarber offensively? Also, Who on that list should be starting by this time next season? Cheers
(Jim from Kansas)
In terms of ceiling, I think Alfaro has the highest overall offensive ceiling of that group, followed by Schwarber, Swihart and Plawecki. That said, Alfaro also comes with arguably the greatest risk in his offensive profile, so that has to be taken into account as well. I'm a pretty big believer in Alfaro, so I tend to think even if he doesn't reach his ceiling, he is still going to be an impactful offensive player.

I'm not sure any of these four guys are good bets to be starting in the Major Leagues by this time next year. Swihart and Plawecki would be the most likely bets, but I wouldn't put money on either one at this point in time. (Mark Anderson)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Rank these prospects in a dynasty: Rosell Herrera, Nick Williams, Blake Swihart, Daniel Norris, Trevor Story, Alen Hanson, Philip Ervin, Kennys Vargas, Steven Mats.
(Tim from NJ)
Nick Williams, Trevor Story, Daniel Norris and Blake Swihart are the big four of that group. I think everyone kinda rounds out the backend. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat! What type of offensive numbers can we expect from Blake Swihart? The Professor seems to be a big fan of him - what are your thoughts?
(Joe from Boston)
Lot of Swihart questions, so I'll try to knock em out. I like Swihart quite a bit, but he's a first division catcher, not a star, or even an impact guy. The reason he's ranked so high are because of his above average defensive prowess, great makeup, and proximity to the bigs. He has a chance to be a solid average hitter with solid average power and good D as a catcher. That's an excellent profile, but not a super high ceiling one. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-06-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Blake Swihart the next Buster Posey (when Posey was good)?
(The Real Henry from Boston)
Nope. Though he's getting a lot of love in the #BPTop50. (Ron Shah)
2014-06-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Blake Swihart has looked great so far this year. Does he become Boston's everyday catcher at some point next season?
(Frank from Boston)
Yeah, maybe at some point next season, though I don't think he'll be far enough along at the end of this year for the Red Sox to be able to rely on him. That said, he, not Mookie, is the Red Sox top position prospect. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Can you tell me what to expect from Blake Swihart at the MLB level? Any good comparison players?
(Tom from Boston)
It might seem a bit lazy, but I do think Swihart could get close to Varitek level production; 15 HR type with some contact ability, secondary skills to reach base, good defensive catcher that can control a game, captain type of makeup. I'm a big believer in Swihart, as you wont find many players in the game with his level of focus and work ethic. He's going to make it. (Jason Parks)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Prof, if you would be so kind as to rank these three catchers for future impact as hitters only: Jorge Alfaro, Gary Sanchez, Blake Swihart. thank you.
(CyMature from Cooperstown Retirement Home)
Alfaro, Sanchez, and Swihart. When it comes to all-around game, I'd go Alfaro, Swihart, and Sanchez (Jason Parks)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Blake Swihart's ETA? What kind of numbers do you expect from him, as far as BA and power numbers go?
(Brad from Seattle)
I think you're looking at the second half of 2015. He needs some polishing yet. As for production, he has a chance to hit .280-.285 with 10-15 home runs and a good amount of doubles. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've seen multiple times that the Red Sox will likely sign a catcher to not much more than a 2 year deal so they do not block prospects Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez. Wouldn't it be smarter to sign Salty and then trade him if one of those guys starts to knock down the door than risk that they develop as planned?
(JAC7178 from Charlotte NC)
Shorter term deals are always a good idea at high-risk positions like catcher and pitcher. You can't really plan on guys like Vazquez and Swihart being ready when you expect, but there are several catching options out there that are reasonable solutions and can be had on two-year deals; including Salty. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your thoughts on Blake Swihart? Do you put role 6 on him? Or higher?
(Mellens from Boston)
I'd probably go 55 but could see the argument for role 6 absolutely. I mean, if he becomes an average or solid-average defensive catcher with at least a 6 arm – and he hits .280 with 20 doubles and 10 home runs on top of that – that's an above average everyday catcher. I think he could do that. (Jason Cole)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are Lewis Brinson, Blake Swihart and/or Roman Quinn candidates for the top 101 in the offseason?
(dmartinez87 from NY)
Brinson and Swihart, no doubt. I'm not as high on Quinn. (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason, Garin Cecchini has been on fire this year but haven't heard a whole lot about him. Seems to be an under the radar type prosepct. Thoughts ?
(Craig from Boston)
Zach Mortimer has had a much better look at him than I have, so I tossed this one to him via text message. Here's what he sent me: "plus power potential; gonna throw a 55 ceiling on hit; fringy runner; profiles well at 3B; excellent instincts." Another Red Sox note: I spoke to Mortimer last night, and he said he was very impressed with Blake Swihart. (Jason Cole)
2012-12-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is your impression of Blake Swihart? Do you think he will live up to the hype surrounding him?
(Megon from Boston)
I like what Swihart brings to the table. We ranked him number 5 in the system and I felt that was justified. Physically, Swihart has been coming along and filling out into his frame. The defense made some progress over the course of this season from when I saw him in spring training to Greenville to Instructs. He may end up at second base eventually, but the progress behind the plate is moving forward.

Swihart's raw with his pitch recognition and approach, but has a feel for hitting and I like his swing from the left-side of the plate. There's an ability to produce backspin, stay back on the ball, and use his hands. The key will be how those first two aspects are progressing when I focus in on him this year to see where the bat is trending. (Chris Mellen)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What was your overall thoughts on the Cubs 2011 draft
(ddivi23 from Bartlett)
Generally, I liked it. Vogelbach a little high for my taste (don't love that profile in the 2nd Round of such a stacked class), but the bat is really good and the make-up is quality, as well (which is important). I probably would have preferred someone else to Baez at that spot (Sonny Gray, Blake Swihart, Jose Fernandez), again solely because of the makeup of the draft class. Certainly nothing wrong with Baez there. I was good with Maples as a teen-round lotto ticket/luxury spend in the last free market draft. (Nick Faleris)
2012-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Austin Hedges or Blake Swihart? Who would you rather have at this stage of their development and who do you think will be end up being better?
(Liam from Dallas)
Give me Hedges or give me death! He has a chance to be a ++ defensive catcher at the major league level. Very rare. (Jason Parks)
2012-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)What have you heard from scouts on Blake Swihart? Statistically, he's struggled in the early going, but does the eye match the numbers?
(Ian from Easton)
Reports have been much more positive than the numbers. Much of the focus right now is on his defense, and he has the skills for the bat to come around. (Kevin Goldstein)


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