Monday, June 6, 2011
No. 26: Sox select C Blake Swihart
With the No. 26 pick, the Red Sox selected Blake Swihart, catcher from Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Analysis from ESPN.com's Jason Churchill:
The Red Sox get perhaps the top catcher in the class in Swihart, though there are some questions about his defense. The tools are there and his bat may play in a corner outfield spot if he can't cut it behind the plate. The Red Sox farm system now has a little bit of everything by adding Swihart, a switch-hitting catcher.
Here’s a scouting report from ESPN.com’s Keith Law:
Swihart is one of the best high school position players in this draft, but it's more about projection of his skills than about present abilities.
He's an athletic kid with bat speed and arm strength who plays all over the diamond and hasn't had a chance to develop much as a catcher, but I think that's his ultimate position in pro ball. His arm is plus, but he's currently not quick to release the ball, and while his hands are fine his receiving needs work.
As a hitter, he has bat speed and his hips start to rotate properly, but he gets out on his front foot early and doesn't finish that hip rotation at all, producing weaker contact and cutting off his chance not just to hit for power but to hit. If he keeps his weight back better and lets his hands follow his hips, he's got a chance to be plus in both hitting tools, which is all the more reason he needs to sign now and get into pro ball rather than go to the University of Texas.
Boston has two more picks tonight: