Blake Swihart

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Blake Swihart
Boston Red Sox
Born: (1992-04-03) April 3, 1992 (age 22)
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Bats: Both Throws: Right

Blake Aubry Swihart (born April 3, 1992) is a American professional baseball catcher with the Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League, the AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Prior to the 2014 season, Swihart was named the 73rd top prospect by Baseball America.[1]

The Red Sox drafted Swihart in the first round (26th overall) of the 2011 MLB Draft out of V. Sue Cleveland High School in New Mexico, becoming the highest-drafted player out of New Mexico since Shane Andrews in 1990.[2]

Prior to the 2012 season, Baseball America rated Swihart the 72nd best prospect in baseball.[3] He batted .602 (56-for-93) with 17 doubles, five triples, five homers, 41 RBIs and 58 runs scored in 28 games as a high school senior, being named to the Class 5A North All-Star squad by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. He also played for the USA Baseball 18-Under National Team in 2010 and led his team with a .448 average, earning Louisville Slugger All-American honors and playing in the 2010 Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic.[2]

Swihart played briefly for the GCL Red Sox in 2011, gaining consecutive promotions to Class A Greenville Drive in 2012 and Class A+ Salem Red Sox in 2013. He is currently the 10th highest-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.[4]


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