Blake Swihart

#23 C / Boston Red Sox / EXP: 2YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 200 lb Age: 24 College: None Bats/Throws S/R

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    31%
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    16%
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    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Gets day off Saturday

      Swihart was not in the linuep for Saturday's game against Toronto. Chris Young got the start Saturday against right-hander Marcus Stroman. Swihart, who is 3-for-19 since getting called up to Boston to be its primary left fielder, struck out three times Friday and is "kind of feeling for some things right now," manager John Farrell told the Boston Globe.

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      Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Two triples in Wednesday's win

      Swihart went 2-for-4 with two triples, a walk and two RBI in Boston's 10-3 win over Colorado on Wednesday. And just like that, Swihart's average jumps 36 points to .258. The catcher is transitioning to left field, so there's been a period of adjustment where much of his attention was allotted to learning the nuances of a new position. While there's still some work left to do in that regard, he hasn't looked lost in the outfield. As the process plays itself out, we should Swihart become more like the hitter we saw in last year's second half when he hit .303 in 155 at-bats. With Brock Holt (concussion) starting a conditioning program, the Red Sox will have a decision to make. But if Swihart's beginning to hit and playing passable left field, there really isn't a decision to make.

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      Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Gets first hit since call-up

      Swihart went 1-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's win over the Indians. It was his first hit in three games since being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. Swihart has started all three games in left field since arriving in Boston and made some nice plays on balls bouncing off the left-field wall Sunday. He's picking up the unique challenges of playing left field at Fenway Park, indicating Swihart's athleticism and aptitude. In addition to his responsibilities in left field, Swihart is a third catcher on the roster, something that will come in handy for in-game maneuvering or in the case of injuries to Christian Vazquez or Ryan Hanigan, who is currently dealing with a sore hand.

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      Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Makes outfield debut in MLB

      Swihart, playing left field for the first time with Boston, went 0-for-3 in Friday night's loss to Cleveland. He was called up to Boston after the team placed Brock Holt on the seven-day concussion list. The switch-hitting Swihart, who came up through the organization as a catcher, made all the routine plays but still has some education ahead of him in terms of playing bounces off the left-field wall. He played 11 games in left field while he was at Triple-A Pawtucket the past month and will continue his outfield schooling while he's up in Boston, starting against right-handers. While getting exposed to the outfield at Pawtucket, Swihart's bat suffered -- he hit a mere .243 with a .344 OBP and .311 slugging in his month-plus in Triple-A, but he was trending up in his final week. The young catcher-turned-outfield had a lot on his plate, dealing with being demoted and then adding a new defensive responsibility. The Red Sox believe that Swihart's bat will return as he acclimates to the new position.

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      Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Will strictly play outfield during current call-up

      Swihart will not catch in the big leagues during this call-up, but he will occupy the strong side of a left field platoon, the Boston Globe's Alex Speier reports. This comes as no surprise, as the Red Sox are already carrying two catchers -- Christian Vazquez and Ryan Hanigan -- both of whom are better defensive options than Hanigan. This news also doesn't really hurt Swihart's fantasy value, as he should be catcher eligible in the vast majority of formats.

    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Starting in left field Friday

      Swihart is in the lineup Friday, batting ninth and playing left field. Swihart was recalled by the Red Sox early Friday with Brock Holt sidelined due to a concussion. Since being sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the season, the Red Sox have been attempting to maximize Swihart's versatility by giving him some starts in left field. He'll take over in left Friday and will likely continue to do so while Holt is on the shelf, but Chris Young could see some starts there as well.

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      Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Shipping up to Boston

      The Red Sox recalled Swihart from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports. Swihart will return to Boston on Friday after spending over a month with Pawtucket. He accumulated just a .655 OPS in the minors, but he did post a .344 OBP and increased his versatility by seeing time in left field. Swihart will take the roster spot of Brock Holt, who landed on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion, and will likely assume a reserve role both behind the plate and in the outfield. However, Holt's placement on the disabled list leaves the Red Sox with just three true outfielders, so the team may let Swihart get his feet wet in left field in a big league game for the first time.

    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Not hitting in Triple-A

      Swihart went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. Since being sent down to Pawtucket, Swihart is slashing .217/.302/.289 in 96 plate appearances. The Red Sox are carrying an extra pitcher right now but would like to balance out the roster by adding another positional player, something they intend to do next week. Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that Swihart is unlikely to get that callup because he requires more time in left field, but if he was producing at the plate, his number of starts in left field might not matter. Swihart has been focusing on learning a second position, which may have taken his eye off of what he needs to do at the plate to be successful.

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      Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Not close to rejoining Red Sox, needs more outfield reps

      Manager John Farrell said Thursday that Swihart will not be the next position player to be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Swihart has been seeing some playing time in left field during his time at Pawtucket, but Farrell told reporters that he needs more reps at that position before the Red Sox would consider recalling him. As such, Swihart's chances at being promoted remain in a holding pattern until he becomes comfortable and competent enough to be trusted in the outfield.

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      Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Showing outfield aptitude

      Swihart has made four starts in left field and is showing an aptitude for the position, according to Triple-A Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles, the Boston Globe reports. Boles made note of a couple of catches Swihart made in the left-center gap, which indicated good reads off the bat and solid routes to the ball. Swihart said he's drawn on his past experience as an outfield -- he played there six years ago for Team USA -- in helping him adapt to a new position. Hitting-wise, Swihart's numbers aren't popping off the page (.234/.306/.281), but his walk rate is up and strikeout rate down, suggesting a maturing plate approach.