Blake Aubry Swihart Template:Small (born April 3, 1992) is an American professional baseball catcher who plays in the Boston Red Sox Minor League system. Listed at 6' 1", 175 lb., Swihart is a switch-hitter and throws right handed. He was added to the 40-man roster in November 2014.
The Red Sox selected 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.
Swihart batted .602 (56-for-93) with 17 doubles, five triples, five homers, 41 RBI 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.
Swihart played briefly for the GCL Red Sox in 2011, gaining consecutive promotions to Class A Greenville Drive in 2012, Class A+ Salem Red Sox in 2013, and divided his playing time in 2014 with Double A Portland Sea Dogs and Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox. He is currently the second highest-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization, according to MLB.com.
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