Blake Swihart made his major league debut for the Red Sox on May 2, getting the call due to injuries to Ryan Hanigan (hand) and Christian Vazquez (Tommy John surgery). He got off to a slow start but eventually started to hit for average with decent power. Swihart pulled the ball less frequently in the second half, hitting .303 with four home runs and nine doubles in 44 post-break games. His biggest obstacle to his continued progress is the presence of Hanigan and Vazquez, but on the chance that Swihart earns a regular role -- whether in Boston or elsewhere -- he could be a steal as a No. 2 catcher in standard mixed leagues.
Swihart will be the Opening Day catcher when Boston opens the 2016 season in Cleveland, MLB.com reports. Ryan Hanigan will be the backup while Christian Vazquez, coming off Tommy John surgery, is ticketed to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. That's the plan as it stands now, just prior to spring training. Swihart was called up to the majors last season, slightly ahead of scheduled, and proved himself a competent hitter. There's still parts of the job defensively he needs to work on -- blocking balls is the primary area -- but the Red Sox feel he'll learn that skill with experience and practice. Long term, with two young catchers capable of playing everyday in the majors, the Red Sox can either trade one of them or move Swihart to a new position.
A sore right hand has limited Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan to appearances in just two of the last 13 games, the Boston Globe reports. Torey Lovullo expects Hanigan to get at least one more game in before the end of the season. In the meantime, he's has been leaning on rookie Blake Swihart.
Red Soxcatcher Blake Swihart hit a pair of home runs and drove in five Tuesday against the Yankees. Swihart came into play Tuesday with just three home runs in 296 plate appearances, so this was very uncharacteristic. That said, down the road he could develop above average power, which, coupled with his above average hit tool could make him a top-10 fantasy catcher in the not-so-distant future.
Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart had a terrific night at the plate on Friday. Swihart went 4 for 4 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored in the 7-2 win over the Royals. Swihart drove in his team's first two runs with a two-run double in the second inning of Johnny Cueto. This was Swihart's second four-hit performance in his last four games. He's now hitting .455 with seven RBI over his past nine ballgames.
Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart went 4 for 5 with two doubles and three RBI in Saturday's win over the Mariners. Swihart is hitting .409 with nine hits, two doubles and three RBI over his last six games.