Wednesday, April 2, 2014

C Prospect Swihart Promoted To AA Portland

Blake Swihart (FenwayNation Photo)
The Red Sox are loaded with "close-to-the-majors" catching talent in their organization. It's part of the reason why they can rely on two "late-thirty-somethings" to carry the load in 2014 (A. J. Pierzynski and David Ross). One of the cadre of young backstops—Blake Swihart—has been assigned to AA Portland. Last year, Swihart hit .298 in 422 plate appearances at "High-A" Salem. In Spring Training this year, the kid went 3-7 (.429). Boston will have to make some interesting decisions when all of their catching prospects come of age. In addition to Swihart, the Red Sox have catchers Ryan Lavarnway, Christian Vazquez, Dan Butler and Jon Denney in the system (the latter running into some recent legal problems). Look for either or both of the Swihart/Vazquez combination at Fenway in the next few years.