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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.[1]

Prior to the 2014 season, Swihart was named the 73rd top prospect by Baseball America.[2]

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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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