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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 27)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
162 .209 4 16 15 2 63 -0.2
Birth Date4-3-1992
Height6' 1"
Weight200 lbs
Age26 years, 11 months, 16 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
0.62015
0.02016
-0.12017
-0.12018
-0.22019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2015 BOS 23 84 309 79 17 1 5 18 77 1 4 2 .274 .319 .392 83 -5.0 2.4 -5.2 0.6
2016 BOS 24 19 74 16 0 3 0 11 17 0 0 1 .258 .365 .355 82 -1.4 -0.6 -0.2 0.0
2017 BOS 25 6 7 1 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 .200 .429 .200 76 -0.2 -0.2 -0.4 -0.1
2018 BOS 26 82 207 44 10 0 3 15 57 0 6 1 .229 .285 .328 72 -6.4 0.7 -0.3 -0.1
Career1915971402748461541104.256.314.36479-12.92.2-6.10.5

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2011 RSX Rk GCL 2 6 .236 .324 .311 .000 89 -2 0.2 -0.1 61 0 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2012 GRN A SAL 92 378 .253 .330 .373 .300 108 -1.4 11.1 2.3 96 0 2.2 0.4 -7.1 0.9
2013 SLM A+ CAR 103 422 .255 .333 .382 .350 107 5.3 12.4 7.2 122 0 5.5 -6.9 1.3 2.0
2014 PME AA EAS 92 380 .259 .324 .389 .337 101 16.9 10.4 4.9 133 0 20.9 2.2 8.1 4.9
2014 PAW AAA INT 18 71 .263 .331 .390 .321 99 -3.9 2.1 1 75 0 0.7 0.1 -3.0 0.1
2015 BOS MLB AL 84 309 .252 .313 .408 .359 109 -5.7 8.3 5 83 11 -5.2 2.4 -5.0 0.6
2015 PME AA EAS 2 7 .269 .312 .404 .600 109 1 0.2 0 108 0 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2015 PAW AAA INT 20 80 .256 .319 .358 .383 86 0.8 2.2 0.9 115 0 1.7 -1.4 0.0 0.4
2016 BOS MLB AL 19 74 .254 .318 .420 .348 117 -1 2.1 0.1 82 11 -0.2 -0.6 -1.4 0.0
2016 PAW AAA INT 29 122 .260 .322 .381 .276 94 -1.6 3.4 0.5 97 0 1.7 -0.2 -1.8 0.4
2017 BOS MLB AL 6 7 .233 .296 .395 .500 96 -0.1 0.2 0.1 76 8 -0.4 -0.2 -0.2 -0.1
2017 PAW AAA INT 53 212 .257 .322 .383 .239 96 -14.5 6.3 2.3 44 0 5.2 -1.7 -15.5 -0.3
2017 RSX Rk GCL 9 38 .216 .321 .299 .227 109 -2.2 1.2 -0.5 102 0 0.0 0.0 -1.3 -0.1
2018 BOS MLB AL 82 207 .249 .317 .412 .311 107 -8.9 5.8 -0.5 72 10 -0.3 0.7 -6.4 -0.1
2018 LOW A- NYP 1 3 .215 .291 .278 .000 106 -1.1 0.1 0.1 59 0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2011 RSX Rk GCL 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2012 GRN A SAL 378 344 44 90 17 4 7 136 53 26 68 6 2 .262 .307 .395 .134 8 0
2013 SLM A+ CAR 422 376 45 112 29 7 2 161 42 41 63 7 8 .298 .366 .428 .130 3 1
2014 PAW AAA INT 71 69 6 18 3 1 1 26 9 2 15 1 0 .261 .282 .377 .116 0
2014 PME AA EAS 380 347 47 104 23 3 12 169 55 29 65 7 1 .300 .353 .487 .187 3
2015 BOS MLB AL 309 288 47 79 17 1 5 113 31 18 77 4 2 .274 .319 .392 .118 0 2
2015 PME AA EAS 7 7 1 3 1 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 0 .429 .429 .571 .143 0 0
2015 PAW AAA INT 80 74 7 23 3 0 0 26 11 6 14 1 1 .311 .363 .351 .041 0 0
2016 BOS MLB AL 74 62 9 16 0 3 0 22 5 11 17 0 1 .258 .365 .355 .097 1 0
2016 PAW AAA INT 122 103 13 25 4 0 1 32 8 17 17 2 1 .243 .344 .311 .068 2 0
2017 BOS MLB AL 7 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 0 0 .200 .429 .200 .000 0 0
2017 PAW AAA INT 212 195 22 37 6 1 4 57 23 13 54 1 0 .190 .246 .292 .103 1 1
2017 RSX Rk GCL 38 30 6 5 2 0 0 7 2 8 8 2 0 .167 .342 .233 .067 0 0
2018 LOW A- NYP 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2018 BOS MLB AL 207 192 28 44 10 0 3 63 18 15 57 6 1 .229 .285 .328 .099 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2015 1195 0.4954 0.4678 0.7764 0.6351 0.3035 0.8723 0.5792 0.2236 0.0035
2016 290 0.4276 0.4172 0.7851 0.6210 0.2651 0.9091 0.5682 0.2149 0.0000
2017 38 0.5263 0.3684 0.5714 0.5500 0.1667 0.5455 0.6667 0.4286 0.0000
2018 798 0.5013 0.4724 0.7294 0.6150 0.3291 0.8049 0.5878 0.2706 0.0000
Career23210.48950.46140.75800.62500.30530.84840.58220.24200.0018

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-13 2014-09-14 Minors 1 0 - - -
2012-08-01 2012-08-14 Minors 13 0 Right Hip Strain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 BOS $910,000
2018 BOS $563,500
2017 BOS $
2016 BOS $518,500
2015 BOS $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$1,082,000
2018Current$910,000
3 yrPvs + Cur$1,992,000
3 yrTotal$1,992,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 164 dLegacy Sports Group1 year/$0.91M (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.91M (2019). Re-signed by Boston 1/11/19 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5635M (2018). Re-signed by Boston 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Boston 3/17.
  • 1 year/$0.5185M (2016). Re-signed by Boston 3/2/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5075M (2015). Contract selected by Boston 11/20/14. Re-signed by Boston 3/8/15.
  • Drafted by Boston 2011 (1-26) (Cleveland HS, Rio Rancho, N.M.). $2.5M signing bonus (club record for position player).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 225 26 50 10 1 6 24 19 52 4 1 .248 .317 .396 88 5.5 C 0, LF 1 0.4
80o 203 22 43 8 1 5 21 17 49 3 1 .235 .305 .372 79 2.4 C 0, LF 1 0.2
70o 188 20 37 7 1 4 19 15 46 3 1 .218 .287 .341 73 0.5 C 0, LF 1 0.0
60o 174 18 35 7 1 4 17 13 43 2 1 .222 .287 .354 68 -1.0 C 0, LF 1 -0.1
50o 162 16 31 6 1 4 15 12 41 2 1 .209 .272 .345 63 -2.1 C 0, LF 1 -0.2
40o 150 14 27 5 1 3 14 11 38 2 1 .197 .260 .314 58 -3.0 C 0, LF 1 -0.3
30o 136 13 25 5 1 3 12 9 35 2 1 .200 .257 .328 53 -3.8 C 0, LF 1 -0.3
20o 121 11 19 4 0 2 10 8 32 1 0 .171 .231 .261 47 -4.5 C 0, LF 1 -0.3
10o 99 8 15 3 0 2 8 6 26 1 0 .163 .220 .261 38 -4.9 C 0, LF 0 -0.4
Weighted Mean168173261416124221.209.269.34065-1.6C 0, LF 1-0.1

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20202820022427142015513.230.294.34460-0.1-0.9-0.00.35.1-6.30.4
20212921123457152116532.234.299.35462-0.0-0.8-0.10.25.4-6.30.5
20223020523457152115532.233.296.35262-0.0-0.9-0.10.25.3-6.30.5
20233117019376141713441.232.295.35161-0.1-0.9-0.10.14.4-5.30.4
20243217019376141713431.232.296.35162-0.1-0.9-0.10.04.4-5.20.4
20253315517335131512390.235.298.35162-0.1-0.8-0.1-0.04.0-4.70.4
20263415017325131511390.231.295.34761-0.1-0.9-0.1-0.03.9-4.70.3
20273513615294131310350.231.295.34761-0.1-0.9-0.1-0.13.5-4.20.3
20283613715294131310350.231.295.34661-0.1-1.0-0.1-0.13.5-4.30.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 76)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 87 Martin Maldonado 2014 81
2 87 Christian Vazquez 2018 71
3 87 James McCann 2017 96
4 86 Carlos Perez 2018 64
5 86 Jeff Mathis 2010 55
6 85 JD Closser 2007 0 DNP
7 85 Kevin Plawecki 2018 92
8 84 Tony Cruz 2014 63
9 84 Lou Marson 2013 86
10 83 Gerald Laird 2007 71
11 82 Ronny Paulino 2008 73
12 81 Hank Conger 2015 107
13 81 Hector Sanchez 2017 85
14 79 Felix Pie 2012 0 DNP
15 79 Rob Johnson 2010 70
16 79 Bryan Holaday 2015 87
17 78 Joey Rickard 2018 92
18 78 Humberto Cota 2006 47
19 78 Guillermo Quiroz 2009 79
20 78 Chris Snyder 2008 99
21 78 Nick Green 2006 60
22 78 Brandon Phillips 2008 97
23 78 Bruce Maxwell 2018 78
24 77 Eduardo Escobar 2016 75
25 77 John Ryan Murphy 2018 70
26 77 Luke Maile 2018 85
27 77 Trevor Crowe 2011 67
28 77 Roger Bernadina 2011 84
29 76 Nick Hundley 2011 104
30 76 Jason Jaramillo 2010 67
31 76 Angel Pagan 2009 106
32 76 Elias Diaz 2018 113
33 76 Cameron Rupp 2016 95
34 76 Shane Victorino 2008 104
35 76 Chris Burke 2007 74
36 76 Brian Dozier 2014 119
37 76 Tyler Saladino 2017 57
38 76 Michael McKenry 2012 108
39 75 Xavier Paul 2012 93
40 75 Josh Thole 2014 80
41 75 Lastings Milledge 2012 0 DNP
42 75 Koyie Hill 2006 0 DNP
43 75 Adam Moore 2011 75
44 75 Aaron Hicks 2017 114
45 75 Rob Bowen 2008 31
46 75 Jonathan Lucroy 2013 116
47 75 Roberto Perez 2016 69
48 74 Nick Franklin 2018 80
49 74 Bryan Petersen 2013 0 DNP
50 74 Hernan Perez 2018 92
51 74 Brian Anderson 2009 71
52 74 Josh Rutledge 2016 62
53 74 Gregor Blanco 2011 0 DNP
54 74 Robbie Grossman 2017 99
55 74 Eleutero Encarnacion 1996 67
56 74 Al Lopez 1936 95
57 74 Dioner Navarro 2011 81
58 74 Danny Valencia 2012 61
59 74 Brad Ausmus 1996 70
60 74 Josh Anderson 2010 0 DNP
61 74 Luis Gonzalez 2006 62
62 74 Brent Morel 2014 65
63 74 Yorvit Torrealba 2006 65
64 74 J.T. Realmuto 2018 122
65 74 Bruce Edwards 1951 94
66 74 Charlie Moore 1980 93
67 74 Bill Atwood 1939 82
68 74 Willy Aybar 2010 87
69 74 Cory Spangenberg 2018 64
70 74 Luis Martinez 2012 64
71 74 Jeremy Reed 2008 75
72 74 Mike Macfarlane 1991 116
73 74 Matt Dominguez 2017 0 DNP
74 74 Chris Nelson 2013 68
75 74 Pedro Florimon 2014 53
76 73 Mike Fitzgerald 1988 110
77 73 DJ LeMahieu 2016 124
78 73 Jake Marisnick 2018 80
79 73 Buck Martinez 1976 80
80 73 Muddy Ruel 1923 107
81 73 Jerry Grote 1970 75
82 73 Spud Davis 1932 143
83 73 Dave Skaggs 1978 67
84 73 Steve Clevenger 2013 77
85 73 Scott Servais 1994 68
86 73 Josh Barfield 2010 0 DNP
87 73 Cliff Pennington 2011 88
88 73 Ray Hayworth 1931 64
89 73 Travis Jankowski 2018 79
90 73 Jim Sundberg 1978 108
91 73 Rollie Hemsley 1934 80
92 73 Greg Myers 1993 79
93 73 Brent Lillibridge 2011 119
94 73 Tucker Barnhart 2018 86
95 73 Wyatt Toregas 2010 0 DNP
96 73 Ronny Cedeno 2010 71
97 73 Daniel Descalso 2014 83
98 73 Todd Hundley 1996 134
99 73 Bob Kearney 1984 64
100 73 Luis Valbuena 2013 107

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 Swihart was still a Red Sox when we sent this book to press, but by the time it gets to your doorstep there’s a good chance that will no longer be the case. Entering his age-26 season and now out of options, Swihart only has a few paths left toward a career in Boston. He could start playing better defense behind the plate and supplant Sandy Leon as the backup. He could get more reps at the corners and hope to become a super-utility option. He could, uh, suddenly emerge as a dominant left-handed reliever? None of these doors will be open to Swihart if he can’t stay healthy, and that was a major issue for the former top prospect once again in 2017. Swihart missed time with a finger injury and ankle inflammation, and those maladies contributed to his atrocious offensive output at Pawtucket. The Sox now have to choose between selling low on Swihart or banking on a return to his 2015 form, and neither option seems particularly enticing.
2017 The Red Sox have done a good job developing homegrown, everyday players in recent seasons, but when it comes to Swihart they may have screwed the pooch. The Sox rushed Swihart into MLB playing time in 2015, but he hit well for a catcher and served as a tolerable defensive option. How was Swihart thanked in 2016? The new Dave Dombrowski-led front office yanked him from starting duties after just seven games, had him learn to play the outfield in the minors and then forced him to stand adjacent to the Monster just six weeks later. Swihart promptly broke his ankle and missed the remainder of the season. That injury isn’t the front office’s fault, of course, but the overall mismanagement of this talented young asset is. If you read the Boston beats, it seems that Dombrowski and crew don’t believe Swihart is going to develop defensively and is destined to forever linger as trade bait. Agree or disagree with that assessment as you see fit, but it’s clear the Sox need a better plan behind the plate than Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez.
2016 In any given season there are rarely more than a dozen-or-so catchers who are legitimate offensive and defensive assets. Swihart isn't there quite yet, but, as a 23-year-old rookie pressed into full-time duty much sooner than the Red Sox would have preferred, he showed that he has the stuff to someday join those hallowed ranks. Prospect development isn't linear, and that's doubly true for catchers, yet Swihart has made steady, measured progress at every stop since being drafted in the first round in 2011. The switch-hitter initially looked overmatched at the plate, but he adjusted to bat .310/.364/.457 in 141 PA from August on, throwing in three stolen bases for good measure. He's no Christian Vazquez defensively, but Swihart is athletic and quick for a backstop, with the arm to improve upon his 28 percent caught-stealing percentage and the receiving skills to improve upon mediocre pitch-framing metrics. Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts may be Boston's two most important young players, but Swihart belongs in the conversation.
2015 There's nothing quite so seductive as a blue chip catching prospect, and Swihart blossomed into such a siren in 2014. More well rounded than special in any one area of the game, Swihart's power started to stand out in Portland, as he added nearly 60 points of isolated power from his 2013 campaign in Salem. A switch-hitter who profiles as a slightly above-average defender, Swihart is the ever-rare player who should be able to hit in the first two-thirds of a batting order for a first-division team while catching in excess of 120 games. His development has been exceptionally smooth and markedly linear for a prep catching prospect.
2014 The switch-hitting Swihart shot past his career high in games caught by jumping from 66 to 101, and did so while increasing extra-base hits, adding walks and chopping his strikeout rate despite moving from Low- to High-A. He wasn't bad from the left side, posting a .279/.352/.404 line there, but it's against lefties where he did the real damage, to the tune of .367/.419/.519there's time still to balance those slashes out, given he'll be all of 22 at Double-A to begin 2014. Defensively, Swihart has already made strides and has attainable room to grow, thanks to high marks for his work ethic and makeup. A catcher who can be above average both at the plate and behind it might not look sexy, but there's loads of value there.
2013 Switch-hitting catchers drafted out of high school might take the longest to develop of any player type, and Swihart is no exception. Hes dripping with talent, but mastering the defensive intricacies of catching while maintaining two swings and learning the ins-and-outs of pro ball is time-consuming stuff. As of now nothing says he cant catch at the big-league level, but Swihart has the bat (plus hit tool, power, smooth swing from both sides of the plate) to play elsewhere if catching proves too much.
2012 Swihart was one of two non-sandwich Boston selections in the first round of the 2011 draft, despite the Red Sox not having a pick of their own thanks to signing Carl Crawford. Swihart's pick came from letting Adrian Beltre sign with the Rangers, and good thing for compensation, as this 19-year-old catcher comes highly-regarded. While he picked up just six plate appearances in Rookie league, the switch-hitting backstop has excellent bat speed and plenty of power potential. Given his age, his approach isn't refined yet. The expectations are that it will be, though, as his bat is considered his insurance should he be forced to move from behind the plate.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-09-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why did Boston management decide that Blake Swihart could not handle catching?
(mikewilsonelgin from Bloomington)
Maybe it's not just that he can't "handle" catching, but that they don't value his lifeless bat there. If Christian Vaquez and Sandy Leon were hitting better, I'd point to that. I do think Vazquez has the highest upside at this point, in terms of offensive contribution. Makes sense to give him the bulk of playing time. I can't pretend to know Boston's plans, but for fantasy purposes, at least Swihart gets multi-position eligibility, which makes him rosterable in very deep leagues with 2 catchers. (Kevin Jebens)
2017-03-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)If Blake Swihart ever gets 600 at bats what kind of numbers could he put up? Everyone raves about his bat but will we ever see it?
(Jim from Boston)
Tough to say, especially with the kind of bat he has. He'd have to be a catcher full-time to really be special as a bat, and if they want to play him in the outfield, he'd have to out-hit already special players to stick. I think, given 600 PA, he could make a run at a 290/350/450 line, which is a top 3 catcher. But as an outfielder, I worry he's not going to see the field enough to make it happen.

Then again, I thought Gary Sanchez wasn't ever going to mature as a prospect, so you can take what I know about catching development and three bucks and be able to buy a cup of coffee. (Trevor Strunk)
2017-02-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you on the Blake Swihart's Going to be a Top 10 Fantasy Catcher After Memorial Day Train?
(Tony from Work)
I have many thoughts on the Red Sox handling of the catching situation last year, but this is not the appropriate venue for me to lay out all of the facts. Just go ask anyone at my local Dunkin Donuts...I have no idea what to expect from Swihart. I think he starts the year at Triple-A (you can bet I'll be watching him in-person a bunch). I'm optimistic but cautious overall. (George Bissell)
2016-12-01 19:00:00 (link to chat)Does Blake Swihart have some all star caliber seasons in his bat?
(Jason from Boston)
Not for me. I see more of a mid-tier bat than an All-Star. (Mike Gianella)
2016-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Blake Swihart or Wilson Contreras? Who becomes the better fantasy catcher?
(James from MA)
Swihart right now, Contreras long term. It will be Contreras with the bat if he can maintain eligibility at the position. (Mike Gianella)
2016-05-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)When do you think the Cubs call up Willson Contreras? It sounds like he's mostly working on the defensive end of his game in AAA like Schwarber was much like last season. Can his receiving ability improve enough that he can be the Cubs every day catcher by next season? With his plus athleticism, do you think he sticks at C or more likely to become trade bait or part of the crowded OF in Chicago?
(fightingmoose from Manitoba)
Contreras reminds me a bit of Blake Swihart with the Red Sox. I think one team (or both) is going to make a run at having a player catch 40-50 games and play outfield for 80-100. (Jim Walsh)
2016-05-31 19:00:00 (link to chat)What type of hitter can Blake Swihart be? Can he stay at catcher, at least part time?
(Jamie from Boston)
Swihart has popped up quite a few times here so I'll address him now. The bat will take some time to come along at the major league level because he will be forced to handle a big league staff and that is a really hard thing to do. He will be able to stay at catcher because he continues to improve his footwork and his hands are soft enough to become an average receiver. The thing to keep in mind is just how hard catching is and having to learn a new staff on the fly makes it even more difficult. (James Fisher)
2016-04-25 23:00:00 (link to chat)Shouldn't the Rangers and the Red Sox swap Blake Swihart for Joey Gallo? Too obvious?
(Hansel from Computer)
Another question that I'm not necessarily ready for. Look, Swihart's defensive numbers haven't been good since he debuted, but holy hell does having him take reps in left stink of reactivity. He was rushed last year, his fundamentals don't look terrible, and Ryan Hannigan ain't gettin' any younger. I'm way behind tossing Swihart back at AAA to continue developing, but not as a LFer, that's crazy. *End rant* I would not make that deal from the Red Sox side, but I also wouldn't have my potential franchise catcher working on Monster bank shots. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Which group sucks less? Anthony Alford, Rusney Castillo, Manuel Margot, Brett Phillips, Nick Williams,Spencer Adams, Mark Appel, Dylan Cease, Josh Hader, James Kapeielian, Triston McKenzie,Vince Velasquez or Blake Swihart, Jon Singleton, Dansby Swanson, Alex Jackson, Clayton Blackburn,Tyrell Jenkins, Rob Kaminsky, Zach Lee, Keuy Mella, Justin Nicolino, Aaron Nola, Tyler Jay. God these teams are awful.
(Clark from The 19th Hole)
The first group, but you're right, but they're both bad. (Mike Gianella)
2016-01-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Blake Swihart for Raimel Tapia - which side you like?
(mbeemsterboer from Somewhere Cold)
Swihart, by a lot. Like a lot a lot. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-06-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)If the Red Sox were characters on Game of Thrones, who would they be? thanks
(Bill from Los Angeles)
This is super played out ...

... and as such, right in my wheelhouse.

Xander Bogaerts: Jon Snow
Mookie Betts: Danaerys Targaryen

Ben Cherington: Ned (tried to do the right thing, will probably lose head)
Wade Miley: Catelyn (doesn't do much but yell)
Rick Porcello: Robb Stark (handsome, ineffective)
Clay Buchholz: Sansa (WHAT EVEN ARE YOU?)
Eduardo Rodriguez: Arya (so much potential)
Brock Holt: Bran (takes a lot of forms)
Joe Kelly: Rickon (why do you exist?)
Mike Napoli: Hodor (...yep)
Christian Vazquez: Benjen Stark (plz come back)

John Henry: Tywin (still calling the shots)
Dustin Pedroia: Tyrion (most watchable/resourceful)
Larry Lucchino: Cersei (...)
David Ortiz: Jaime (lost a step but still badass)
Blake Swihart: Tommen (keep trying, little guy)

John Farrell: Stannis (stern but no one seems to listen)
Melisandre: Pablo Sandoval (is your power real or what)
Our Hopes/Dreams: Shireen

Hanley Ramirez: The Hound (unlikeable but powerful)
Koji Uehara: Brienne (still rooting for ya)
Daniel Nava: Pod (you too!)

Junichi Tawawa: Bronn (just gets stuff done)
Allen Craig: Janos Slynt (just doesn't)
Shane Victorino: Jorah (always hurt)
Jackie Bradley: Theon (has he not suffered enough?)
Justin Masterson: Beric Dondarrion (should not have been revived)

Craig Breslow: Doran (smart, ineffective)
Alejandro De Aza: sandsnake 1
Alexi Ogando: sandsnake 2
Tommy Layne: sandsnake 3

The Yankees: Roose Bolton
The Rays: Ramsay Bolton
The Blue Jays: The Night's King
The Orioles: Mance Rayder

And two for the book readers ...
Yoan Moncada: Young Griff
Rusney Castillo: Patchface (Ben Carsley)
2015-04-06 15:15:00 (link to chat)Strategy here is to score like 13 runs off Hamels to drive the price for him down, right?
(William from New York)
It's funny how stuff like this works out. Like the Cubs who are trying to make a case for relevance opening the season in Chicago against the Cardinals in an unfinished Wrigley Field. Sometimes baseball is poetry.

I'm still not buying Hamels ever coming to Boston though. The Phillies aren't going to drop their price and the Red Sox aren't going to give up Mookie Betts or Blake Swihart, so I'm not sure where the middle ground is here. (Matthew Kory)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)Thanks to the internet I no longer know how to value Mookie Betts- I've seen his name being traded for names ranging from Mike Leake to Chris Sale, and everything in between. Can he be the main piece to get Strasburg or does Blake Swihart have to be included in too?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
He's way too good to be dealt for Mike Leake and Chris Sale probably isn't getting moved. I'd imagine Strasburg would require a deal starting with Betts and Swihart, but this offseason has proven once again that I know nothing about trades. As a Sox fan, I hope he isn't dealt now that Stanton is off the table. (Ben Carsley)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)As the BP Boston resident, Blake Swihart becomes _____ in his fantasy prime?
(John from Texas)
Top-5 in his prime, consistent top-10 for much of his career. Just don't expect it right away: catchers take a while to develop even after reaching the majors. (Ben Carsley)
2015-02-12 19:00:00 (link to chat)Rank (A) the three best sides for a plate of barbecue ribs, and (B) the catcher with the best chance of starting 800 games behind the plate between Austin hedges, Jorge Alfaro and Blake Swihart.
(Or Moyal from Dallas)
(A) A fork, a napkin, pickles. Of course, some places have some pretty great mac & cheese, or beans, or slaw, or sauce, but truly great barbecue should be able to be enjoyed on its lonesome, or at the most with some cheap bread. (B) 800 games, career? That puts you into the Molina/Torrealba range, something perfectly reasonable to expect from someone who breaks into the majors specifically as a catcher. Hedges, if the bat allows him to put the glove to good use, has a good chance to do more than that, if he can stay healthy. To me, Alfaro is most likely to clock the fewest number of games behind the plate, due to both some historical injury concerns, and the fact that as of right now he's just not that solid back there. I haven't seen Swihart personally, like I have Hedges or Alfaro, but from what I understand he's also a solid candidate to hit 800 or more games caught. (Kate Morrison)
2015-02-09 20:00:00 (link to chat)While I do not deny the awesome power of all things #DIESEL, I do wish we could have a little more #rig and #sparkle sprinkled in... After all, is baseball not for #lovers? That being said, who would be your top 3 or top 5 players based purely on #DIESEL.
(nzach54 from Los Feliz, CA)
In no particular order: Byron Buxton, Hunter Harvey, Nomar Mazara, Francisco Mejia, and Blake Swihart. (Top 101 Chat)
2015-02-09 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who of the 2014 101 gets the best "above the shoulders" grade? With baseball IQ, attitude, competitiveness, mentality, work ethic being taken into consideration?
(matt y from Norfolk)
Blake Swihart would be at the front of that list for me. Its been enjoyable being able to watch his developmental progress and really study him as a player from his first Fall Instructs to now in Triple-A. That's one of my favorite aspects of this and what I really enjoy about the whole scouting process. (Top 101 Chat)
2014-09-10 12:00:00 (link to chat)Chris Mellen had a good write-up on Francisco Mejia today. Is he the best catching prospect behind Blake Swihart, Austin Hedges, and Jorge Alfaro?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Excellent write-up. Mellen is terrific, and people are going to begin seeing more of that down the road.

I have not seen Mejia yet, but I think he has a chance to slip in somewhere behind them. (Tucker Blair)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Blake Swihart?
(Dan from Boston)
So underrated that he was really overrated? I didn't have him as a top 25 type prospect. It's a first division profile, but I'd rather take a chance on Hedges/Alfaro. Vasquez has been really good, and I didn't really understand why the perceived gap was so large between those two. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Blake Swihart? Top C prospect in the game? Or is he still behind Alfaro in your book? What does the ceiling look like for him?
(Kurt from Vegas)
Hedges is still the top catcher for me, but Swihart is gaining on him. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank Kevin Plawecki, Blake Swihart, Jorge Alfaro, and Kyle Schwarber offensively? Also, Who on that list should be starting by this time next season? Cheers
(Jim from Kansas)
In terms of ceiling, I think Alfaro has the highest overall offensive ceiling of that group, followed by Schwarber, Swihart and Plawecki. That said, Alfaro also comes with arguably the greatest risk in his offensive profile, so that has to be taken into account as well. I'm a pretty big believer in Alfaro, so I tend to think even if he doesn't reach his ceiling, he is still going to be an impactful offensive player.

I'm not sure any of these four guys are good bets to be starting in the Major Leagues by this time next year. Swihart and Plawecki would be the most likely bets, but I wouldn't put money on either one at this point in time. (Mark Anderson)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Rank these prospects in a dynasty: Rosell Herrera, Nick Williams, Blake Swihart, Daniel Norris, Trevor Story, Alen Hanson, Philip Ervin, Kennys Vargas, Steven Mats.
(Tim from NJ)
Nick Williams, Trevor Story, Daniel Norris and Blake Swihart are the big four of that group. I think everyone kinda rounds out the backend. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat! What type of offensive numbers can we expect from Blake Swihart? The Professor seems to be a big fan of him - what are your thoughts?
(Joe from Boston)
Lot of Swihart questions, so I'll try to knock em out. I like Swihart quite a bit, but he's a first division catcher, not a star, or even an impact guy. The reason he's ranked so high are because of his above average defensive prowess, great makeup, and proximity to the bigs. He has a chance to be a solid average hitter with solid average power and good D as a catcher. That's an excellent profile, but not a super high ceiling one. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-06-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Blake Swihart the next Buster Posey (when Posey was good)?
(The Real Henry from Boston)
Nope. Though he's getting a lot of love in the #BPTop50. (Ron Shah)
2014-06-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Blake Swihart has looked great so far this year. Does he become Boston's everyday catcher at some point next season?
(Frank from Boston)
Yeah, maybe at some point next season, though I don't think he'll be far enough along at the end of this year for the Red Sox to be able to rely on him. That said, he, not Mookie, is the Red Sox top position prospect. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Can you tell me what to expect from Blake Swihart at the MLB level? Any good comparison players?
(Tom from Boston)
It might seem a bit lazy, but I do think Swihart could get close to Varitek level production; 15 HR type with some contact ability, secondary skills to reach base, good defensive catcher that can control a game, captain type of makeup. I'm a big believer in Swihart, as you wont find many players in the game with his level of focus and work ethic. He's going to make it. (Jason Parks)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Prof, if you would be so kind as to rank these three catchers for future impact as hitters only: Jorge Alfaro, Gary Sanchez, Blake Swihart. thank you.
(CyMature from Cooperstown Retirement Home)
Alfaro, Sanchez, and Swihart. When it comes to all-around game, I'd go Alfaro, Swihart, and Sanchez (Jason Parks)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Blake Swihart's ETA? What kind of numbers do you expect from him, as far as BA and power numbers go?
(Brad from Seattle)
I think you're looking at the second half of 2015. He needs some polishing yet. As for production, he has a chance to hit .280-.285 with 10-15 home runs and a good amount of doubles. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've seen multiple times that the Red Sox will likely sign a catcher to not much more than a 2 year deal so they do not block prospects Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez. Wouldn't it be smarter to sign Salty and then trade him if one of those guys starts to knock down the door than risk that they develop as planned?
(JAC7178 from Charlotte NC)
Shorter term deals are always a good idea at high-risk positions like catcher and pitcher. You can't really plan on guys like Vazquez and Swihart being ready when you expect, but there are several catching options out there that are reasonable solutions and can be had on two-year deals; including Salty. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your thoughts on Blake Swihart? Do you put role 6 on him? Or higher?
(Mellens from Boston)
I'd probably go 55 but could see the argument for role 6 absolutely. I mean, if he becomes an average or solid-average defensive catcher with at least a 6 arm and he hits .280 with 20 doubles and 10 home runs on top of that that's an above average everyday catcher. I think he could do that. (Jason Cole)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are Lewis Brinson, Blake Swihart and/or Roman Quinn candidates for the top 101 in the offseason?
(dmartinez87 from NY)
Brinson and Swihart, no doubt. I'm not as high on Quinn. (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason, Garin Cecchini has been on fire this year but haven't heard a whole lot about him. Seems to be an under the radar type prosepct. Thoughts ?
(Craig from Boston)
Zach Mortimer has had a much better look at him than I have, so I tossed this one to him via text message. Here's what he sent me: "plus power potential; gonna throw a 55 ceiling on hit; fringy runner; profiles well at 3B; excellent instincts." Another Red Sox note: I spoke to Mortimer last night, and he said he was very impressed with Blake Swihart. (Jason Cole)
2012-12-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is your impression of Blake Swihart? Do you think he will live up to the hype surrounding him?
(Megon from Boston)
I like what Swihart brings to the table. We ranked him number 5 in the system and I felt that was justified. Physically, Swihart has been coming along and filling out into his frame. The defense made some progress over the course of this season from when I saw him in spring training to Greenville to Instructs. He may end up at second base eventually, but the progress behind the plate is moving forward.

Swihart's raw with his pitch recognition and approach, but has a feel for hitting and I like his swing from the left-side of the plate. There's an ability to produce backspin, stay back on the ball, and use his hands. The key will be how those first two aspects are progressing when I focus in on him this year to see where the bat is trending. (Chris Mellen)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What was your overall thoughts on the Cubs 2011 draft
(ddivi23 from Bartlett)
Generally, I liked it. Vogelbach a little high for my taste (don't love that profile in the 2nd Round of such a stacked class), but the bat is really good and the make-up is quality, as well (which is important). I probably would have preferred someone else to Baez at that spot (Sonny Gray, Blake Swihart, Jose Fernandez), again solely because of the makeup of the draft class. Certainly nothing wrong with Baez there. I was good with Maples as a teen-round lotto ticket/luxury spend in the last free market draft. (Nick Faleris)
2012-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Austin Hedges or Blake Swihart? Who would you rather have at this stage of their development and who do you think will be end up being better?
(Liam from Dallas)
Give me Hedges or give me death! He has a chance to be a ++ defensive catcher at the major league level. Very rare. (Jason Parks)
2012-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)What have you heard from scouts on Blake Swihart? Statistically, he's struggled in the early going, but does the eye match the numbers?
(Ian from Easton)
Reports have been much more positive than the numbers. Much of the focus right now is on his defense, and he has the skills for the bat to come around. (Kevin Goldstein)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2014 AAA .004 0.7 787 .000 0.0 8 .017 .000 -0.1 0.8 0.7
2015 MLB -.003 -1.9 3526 .004 -3.7 42 -.010 .003 0.2 -7.1 -5.2
2015 AAA .003 0.5 705 .000 0.1 8 -.004 .000 0.0 0.2 1.7
2016 MLB -.007 -0.4 305 .010 -0.7 3 .001 .003 0.0 -1.1 -0.2
2016 AAA .001 0.1 0 .000 0.0 17 -.010 .000 0.1 0.2 1.7
2017 MLB .005 0.1 50 .033 -0.5 1 .015 .002 0.0 -0.4 -0.4
2017 AAA .011 6.0 2005 .001 -0.5 36 -.007 .001 0.2 5.4 5.2
2018 MLB .004 0.7 862 -.003 0.7 16 .002 .000 0.0 1.4 -0.3

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