Full name is Blake Aubry Swihart...Last name is pronounced "SWY-hart." Married his wife, Shelby, on 12/15/17. Signed by Matt Mahoney (Red Sox). Rated the No. 1 catcher available in the 2011 June Draft by Baseball America...Became the highest-drafted player out of New Mexico since Shane Andrews in 1990. Hit .602 (56-for-93) with 17 2B, 5 3B, 5 HR, 41 RBI, and 58 R in 28 games as a senior at V. Sue Cleveland (NM) High School in 2011. Played for USA Baseball's 18U National Team in 2010 and led the club with a .448 AVG. Played in the 2010 AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Classic.
Spent a majority of the season with Triple-A Pawtucket before joining BOS as a September call-up...Missed approximately 2 months of the season due to DL stints from 4/30-5/25 (left finger contusion) and 7/5-8/12 (left ankle inflammation). For the PawSox, made 43 starts at catcher and threw out 13 of 42 (31%) attempted base stealers. Also made 7 starts at 1B between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox and Pawtucket, his 1st career appearances at the position. Began the season with Pawtucket and went 7-for-21 (.333) with a HR and 7 RBI in his first 6 games. Played in 9 rehab games with the GCL Red Sox from 8/3-12 ...Reinstated from the DL on 8/13 and spent the rest of the season rotating between DH, 1B, and C. Recalled by BOS on 9/1 and appeared in 6 ML games...Entered the game on 9/3 at NYY as a pinch-hitter in the 9th inning and drew a walk...Marked his 1st ML appearance since 6/4/16 vs. TOR...In the Sox' 13-6, 15-inning win at TB on 9/15, pinch-ran for Sandy Leon in the 9th inning and caught the rest of the game (1-for-4)... Sox pitchers set a single-game franchise record with 24 SO, 10 of which were recorded with Swihart in the game. Following the season, hit .407 with a .515 OBP (11-for-27, 2 2B, 6 BB, 6 SO) in 9 games for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League...Played 6 games at catcher, 1 at 1B, 1 at DH, and 1 as a pinch-hitter.
Made his 1st career Opening Day roster, but missed a majority of the season on the disabled list...Made his first 6 ML starts at catcher and his final 13 in LF. Became the only Red Sox player in the last 100 years (1917-2016) with 3+ triples, 0 doubles, and 0 HR in a season...The only other AL players to do that in the last 100 years are MIN's Chuck Baker in 1981 and NYY pitcher George Mogridge in 1917...CIN's Hernan Iribarren also had 3 3B, 0 2B, and 0 HR in 2016. Started the Sox' season opener on 4/5 at CLE...At 24 years old, became Boston's youngest Opening Day catcher since Rich Gedman in 1983 (23 years old). Optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on 4/15...Played catcher, LF, and DH during his stint with the PawSox...Made his professional OF debut on 4/28 at Syracuse. Hit .313 with a .463 OBP during a 10-game stretch with the PawSox from 5/9-19 (10-for-32, 9 BB)...Recalled by BOS the following day on 5/20. Made his ML outfield debut on 5/20 vs. CLE, starting in LF. Hit .289 (11-for-38) with a .386 OBP in his final 11 games from 5/22-6/4. Tripled twice in the Sox' 10-3 win over COL on 5/25...Joined Jackie Bradley Jr. (4/30/16 vs. NYY) as the only Red Sox with 2+ triples from the No. 9 spot in the batting order in the last 100 years. Recorded his 1st ML outfield assist on 6/3 vs. TOR, throwing out Jose Bautista at 3B. Removed from the game on 6/4 vs. TOR after sliding into the wall attempting to make a catch in foul territory in the 7th inning...Was 1-for-1 with 2 BB and an RBI in the game. Placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain on 6/5...Transferred to the 60-day DL on 7/9. On 8/15, underwent successful surgery on his left ankle and missed the remainder of the season...Dr. Robert Anderson performed the surgery at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte, NC.
Hit .274 (79-for-288) in 84 games for the Red Sox, best among AL catchers (min. 250 PA)...In debut ML season, led the team with 83 games and 78 starts behind the plate. His 84 games were the most by a Red Sox in his 1st ML season since Shea Hillenbrand in 2001 (139 games)...His 78 starts at catcher were the most for a 1st-year major leaguer since BAL's Matt Wieters in 2009 (84) and the 3rd-most for a 1st-year Red Sox behind Roy Partee (86 in 1943) and Gary Allenson (82 in 1978). His .274 AVG was the best by a rookie Red Sox catcher with at least 250 PA since Carlton Fisk hit .293 in 1972. Led AL catchers with a .306 AVG (60-for-196) from 6/11 through the end of the season (min. 125 PA) after going 19-for-92 (.207) in his first 28 games. Threw out 13 of 54 potential base stealers (24%). Batted .293 (61-for-208) with 19 of his 23 XBH and 4 of his 5 homers vs. RHP. Recalled from Triple-A on 5/2 after 18 games with Pawtucket...Made ML debut as BOS' starting catcher that day vs. NYY...Recorded 1st ML hit in the 5th inning, a single off Nathan Eovaldi. At 23 years and 29 days old on 5/2, became the youngest Red Sox starting catcher since Rich Gedman at 22 years old in 1982. Hit 1st major league HR on 6/4 vs. MIN, a solo shot with 2 out in the 3rd inning off Tommy Milone. Placed on the 15-day DL on 7/3 (retro to 7/1) with a sprained left foot...Played 4 games on rehab between Triple-A Pawtucket (2 G) and Double-A Portland (2 G)...Was activated on 7/20. Recorded a career-high 4 hits on 8/15 vs. SEA (4-for-5, 4 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, BB) and 8/21 vs. KC (4-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI)...Elias says the only other rookie catcher with multiple 4-hit games for BOS in a season was Johnny Peacock in 1938. On 8/28 at NYM, led off the 10th inning with an inside-the-park HR off Carlos Torres...Became the 1st BOS catcher with an inside-the-parker since Duane Josephson on 9/3/71, and the 1st Red Sox to hit one in extra innings (regardless of defensive position) since Joe Foy on 7/17/66 (10th inning)...According to Elias, was the 1st ML catcher with an ITPHR in extras since Bob Brenly on 8/29/84 (11th inning). Had 3 HR in his last 6 games of the season...Notched his 1st career multi-HR game and drove in a career-high 5 runs on 9/29 at NYY...At 23 years old, was the youngest Red Sox catcher with a multi-HR game since Mike Ryan on 5/2/65...According to Elias, was just the 3rd Red Sox rookie with multiple HR in a road game against the Yankees, joining Fred Lynn (4/16/75 at Shea Stadium) and Jason Varitek (9/15/98 at Yankee Stadium). Hit .311 (23-for-74) with 3 2B and 11 RBI in 20 games for Pawtucket to begin the year.
Named the catcher on Baseball America's All-Star First Team and BA's Minor League Catcher of the Year...Spent most of the year with Double-A Portland and was named the Sea Dogs' MVP, as well as a mid-season Eastern League All-Star...Then won the Governors' Cup with Triple-A Pawtucket...Between the 2 clubs, combined to rank 6th among full-season Red Sox minor leaguers in AVG (.293) and was 5th in the system with career highs in both HR (13) and RBI (64)...Was primary catcher for a Sea Dogs team that posted the best season ERA in the EL (3.41)...Threw out 45.6 percent of attempted base stealers during the regular season, including an EL-best 47.5 percent (28 of 59) while with the Sea Dogs...Did not allow a passed ball all season...Hit .295 (77-for-261), 5 HR, 30 RBI against right-handed pitching and .290 (45-for-155), 8 HR, 34 RBI against lefties...Was the East Division's starting catcher in the EL All-Star Game on 7/16 in Altoona, in which he picked off a runner at 1B...Hit .320 in April, .303 in June, and .326 in July...Ranked 8th in the EL with a .324 AVG (46-for-142) over his last 40 Double-A games from 6/14-8/3...At time of 8/4 promotion to Triple-A, was leading the Sea Dogs in hits (104), 2B (23), and total bases (169)...In 5 playoff games for the Governors' Cup-champion PawSox, batted .333 (6-for-18) with 3 BB...Following the season, named the Red Sox' No. 1 prospect by Baseball America and the No. 1 catching prospect in the EL (No. 8 overall)...Tabbed by BA as the best catcher in the Red Sox system for a 4th straight year, as well as the best athlete among Boston minor leaguers.
Named Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year and rated by Baseball America as the best defensive catcher in the Carolina League...Led Carolina League catchers in caught stealing percentage (41.5, 44 of 106), games (101), chances (841),putouts (743), and assists (88)...Ranked 3rd among Red Sox full-season batters and 5th among CL qualifiers with a .298 AVG…Placed 11th in the Carolina League in OBP (.366)...Tied for 3rd in the CL and tied for 2nd among Red Sox farmhands with 7 triples...Switch-hitter batted .367 (29-for-79) vs. RHP and .279 (83-for-297) vs. RHP...Hit .324 (22-for-68) with 12 walks and a .420 OBP in May, reaching safely in 18 of 21 games..Started behind the plate for the Carolina League in the California/Carolina League All-Star Game on 6/18 in San Jose, CA…Went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored and nabbed only attempted base stealer...Tabbed Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of Month for July (2 errors in 21 games)...Hit safely in 25 of his last 28 regular season games beginning on 7/24…Led the Carolina League with a .377 AVG (43-for-114) in that time...Caught all 5 postseason games en route to Salem's Mills Cup title...Following the season, named the No. 1 catching prospect and the No. 5 prospect overall in the Red Sox system by Baseball America…Also rated the No. 1 catching prospect in the Carolina League and the CL's No. 5 prospect overall by BA.
Caught 27 of 86 (31.3%) opposing base stealers...Went 28-for-78 (.359) when leading off an inning...Hit safely in 18 of 20 games from 5/10-6/7 at .342 (26-for-76) with 9 extra-base hits and 16 RBI...Batted .322 (19-for-59) in June...Knocked in a season-high 5 runs on 6/2 vs. Charleston...Missed time on the DL from 8/1-8/14 with a right hip strain...Following the season, ranked by Baseball America as Boston's No. 1 catching prospect and No. 6 prospect overall…Selected as the No. 17 prospect overall in the South Atlantic League by the same publication.
Ranked by Baseball America as Boston's No. 1 catching prospect and No. 3 prospect overall following the season.