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Blake Swihart

Born: 04/03/1992 (Age: 21)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 175
Primary Position: C
Physical/Health
Bigger than he looks on the field; stands a solid 6’1’’; good build; lower half not as rotund as most backstops; clean health.
Evaluator Jason Parks
Report Date 08/15/2013
Dates Seen 07/08/13 - 07/11/13
Affiliate Salem Red Sox (High A, Red Sox)
Makeup

Elite makeup; baseball instincts and drive; relatively new to catching; will develop into an above-average receiver; has a plan to his game; good eye at the plate; aggressive but not to a fault; understands the responsibilities of a catcher; legit dual-threat talent; no batting gloves; red ass player.

MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2015 Moderate 55 50; major league regular Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Clean stroke from both sides of the plate; eerily similar swing; shows very good bat speed; good bat control; good high-ball hitter who can get square velocity above standard plane; line-drive stroke; has good raw pop but doesn’t sell out for power; works himself into favorable conditions but can be aggressive early against fastballs; tracks the ball well; has natural bat-to-ball ability; will use entire field.
Power 40 Can sting the ball; loud contact; swing lacks big lift; has raw strength and bat speed to send a few over the fence, but mostly a gap-to-gap type because of the swing plane; doesn’t project to hit for average home run power.
Baserunning/Speed 40 Average-at-best run; good athlete with some quickness and agility, but not a true above-average runner; good baseball instincts will eventually show up on bases; heads-up player; won’t be a stolen base threat; not a clogger.
Glove 55 Better glove than I was led to believe; very good athlete behind the plate; butt rides low to the ground and the target isn’t large; receives well; shows some drift but nothing sloppy; excellent footwork to stay centered on balls; no question that he stays behind the plate; will improve a full grade because of work ethic and baseball aptitude.
Arm 65 Very strong arm; flashed several 7 throws to second; consistent plus; pops in the sub 1.9 range; quick into throwing position; quick release; good accuracy; should develop into very good catch/throw type; aggressive on the back-pick; comfortable and confident in the arm strength; weapon.
Overall

Switch-hitting catcher with legit defensive skills and a projectable hit tool; power isn’t big part of game, but should produce extra-base hits from a down-the-lineup role; makeup is top of the scale; will maximize skill-set; could develop into .275 hitter with 10 bombs and 20-plus doubles from behind the plate; top 101 prospect in the game with helium.

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