Blake Swihart’s Showing Potential

After hitting his first Major League career home run last Thursday night in a loss to the Minnesota Twins, the future is looking bright for Blake Swihart.  Swihart was selected by the Sox in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft, and now he is beginning to show what he could bring to the franchise.  He is a 23-year-old switch-hitting catcher who is more known for his good defense behind the plate, but if he can add some solid offense to his game, there should be nothing stopping him from becoming the future every day catcher for the Sox.

The Red Sox have been looking for someone to fill the catcher spot since the retirement ofblake swihart Boston great Jason Varitek.  Since Varitek retired in 2011, the Sox have experimented with a couple of catchers.  They even won a World Series in 2013 with two catchers, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and David Ross. But something tells me that John Farrell and the Red Sox front office would love to find a young catcher that they can lock up for years to come.

Swihart was called up from the Minors on May 2.  During his short time in the Majors, he is hitting .218 with three doubles, eight RBI, and the one home run.  Not all-star numbers or even Rookie Of The Year numbers, but they are solid stats for a catcher who is here more for his defense.  Also, with his one home run, Swihart is the youngest Red Sox catcher since Rich Gedman in 1982 to hit a home run, proving that he has a long career ahead of him.

His defensive numbers are very impressive though.  While on the Red Sox, Swihart is error-less and has caught five runners trying to steal.  In the minors, he has a .989 fielding percentage, and only recorded 26 errors in 279 games.  These are numbers that show the true potential that he brings to the table.

In a league that does not have many superstar catchers, every team is always looking for one who can be reliable defensively behind the plate, and also not be a liability as a hitter. The Red Sox and their fans know that Swihart is already reliable behind the plate, and after finally seeing the type of hitter he could become, the Sox are hoping they don’t have to look any further to find their franchise catcher.

Which Pitchers Will Make their Red Sox Debut in 2015?

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With Spring Training rolling around the corner, fans will have an opportunity to get a glimpse at some new, young talent; a look at some guys who could potentially make an impact on the Boston Red Sox this year. Of course, there will be the same young players who could impact the team, but there are even younger, even newer players to keep an eye out for.
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In terms of pitching, the Red Sox top three pitching prospects are all set to start off the 2015 season as members of the Paw Sox rotation. Henry Owens, Brian Johnson and Eduardo Rodriguez are all left-handed starting pitchers who were dominant in their time with the Red Sox organization last year.
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red soxTo the surprise of many, Henry Owens is not a power pitcher despite standing tall at 6ft7. He is more of a finesse guy and the power pitchers of the bunch being Eduardo Rodriguez and Brian Johnson who occasionally top out at 97 MPH and 95 MPH respectively. Right now, Owens and Rodriguez are on the 40-man roster but if Johnson pitches up to his ability, there is no reason why he should not get the call.

Although no new relievers are on the 40-man roster right now, things could soon change. Slated to start off the 2015 season in Pawtucket are two relievers who could end up helping the big league club if they make their MLB debuts this season— 2011 fourth round draft pick Noe Ramirez and Cuban defector Dalier Hinojosa.
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Ramirez spent most of his year last year in AA Portland where he posted a 2.14 ERA in 42 outings totaling 67.1 innings. Hinojosa on the other hand, was a Paw Sox reliever the entire season and despite struggling early, he turned his year around by posting a 1.57 ERA in his final 23 innings of work.

Working in their favor is the fact that they can be stretched out and give a team multiple innings in relief. Working against them is that neither of them are on the 40-man roster— yet.
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