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Blake Swihart

Born: 04/03/1992 (Age: 23)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 185
Primary Position: C
Medium, Athletic frame. Broad chest. Strong forearms; strength concentrated in upper body. Smaller lower half and calves. Prone to losing weight and bulk over course of a season.
Evaluator Al Skorupa
Report Date 05/04/2015
Dates Seen 4/16/2015; 4/18/2015; 4/22/2015; 4/27/2015; 4/30/2
Affiliate Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA, Red Sox)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2015 Low 55 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Plus bat speed. Line drive swing plane. Uses the whole field. Simple, smooth swing from both sides. Quiet hand load; sometimes loads deep and creates a stiff lead. Has good feel for the bat head. Selective hitter who works counts. Punishes mistakes left up in the zone. Susceptible to chasing spin and soft low.
Power 45 55 raw. Drives gaps; flat swing plane. Over the fence power mostly a product of bat speed. Low hand load leads to him driving high pitches in the air.
Baserunning/Speed 45 Present above average runner. Physical toll of playing catcher will diminish run tool at maturity. Plus baserunner with good instincts on the basepaths.
Glove 60 Athletic receiver and blocker; moves well behind the plate. Average framing; sometimes sloppy on balls outside the zone.
Arm 60 Plus arm strength. Quick footwork and quick hands. Accurate.

Switch hitting, athletic catcher; plus defender. Will hit for AVG with plenty of extra base hits. Above average big league starting catcher.

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