Blake Swihart To Make MLB Debut
To be honest, I have been waiting months to write an article like this one. Ever since 2012 when I first began to watch the prospects of the Boston Red Sox very closely, I recognized a special talent in the young catcher Blake Swihart.
Today, in a home game at Fenway Park versus the rival New York Yankees, the top prospect will make his debut. He will catch for left-handed starter Wade Miley with Nathan Eovaldi and Brian McCann as the opposing battery. The call-up comes following the season-ending Tommy John surgery to Christian Vazquez and an injury to the hand of Ryan Hanigan last night. Catching depth for the Red Sox has been challenged this season, after injuries and the release of Ryan Lavarnway. Assuming the Red Sox continue with their current batting lineup, Swihart will most likely bat ninth should he start. If he does well, he’ll eat up most of the catching time until Hanigan returns or split time with Mike Napoli or Sandy Leon.
The following paragraph came from an earlier article I wrote regarding Sox prospects and especially Swihart: “Excuse my local vernacular, but this dude is wicked awesome. If you’ve read my stuff before, you’d know that I think he’s the next Buster Posey. Last season with split time among the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs and the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, Swihart batted .293 with 13 home runs and a .341 on-base-percentage. Aside from his numbers, he possesses an extreme ability to call a game. He also moves well laterally and is an above average defender when it comes to throwing out runners. Swihart has a ceiling of a Posey-like franchise player, and Boston is lucky to have him.”
So needless to say, I’ve been on the Swihart train for quite sometime now. Perhaps I’m over-hyping the young star but maybe I’m not. I’d like to think that sometime down the line there could be another franchise catcher on this team. I guess today is the first indication. Let’s see what he can do.