Blake Swihart reports to Major League team

Jimmie Sherfy optioned to Triple-a Reno following yesterday’s game

April 22nd, 2019

PHOENIX -- Arizona Diamondbacks UTIL Blake Swihart (@BLAKESWIHART_1) reported to the Major League team today. Following yesterday’s game, the club optioned RHP Jimmie Sherfy to Triple-A Reno. The D-backs’ 40-man roster is at 40.

Swihart, 27, was acquired on April 19, along with international bonus pool money for the 2018-19 signing period, from the Red Sox for OF Marcus Wilson. 

Swihart was a member of the Red Sox 2018 World Series championship team and has played parts of the last 5 seasons for the Red Sox (2015-19), logging time at catcher (129 games), left field (23), right field (14), first base (11), third base (3) and second base (1). Against righties, he is a career .274 hitter (116-for-424)/.328 OBP/.406 SLG with 24 doubles, 4 triples, 8 homers, 48 RBI and 34 walks. In 29 career pinch-hit appearances, he owns a .280 average (7-for-25) with 4 RBI, 3 walks and 1 hit-by-pitch.

This season, he appeared in 12 games for the Red Sox and hit .231 (6-for-26) with 1 double, 1 homer, 4 RBI, 2 walks and 1 hit-by-pitch. 

In 2018, he played in 82 games and hit .229 (44-for-192) with 10 doubles, 3 homers, 18 RBI and 15 walks. In 2016, he made his first Opening Day roster and start at 24 years old before missing a majority of the season due to injury. He debuted with the Red Sox in 2015, appearing in 84 games and hitting .274 (79-for-288)/.319 OBP/.392 SLG with 17 doubles, 1 triple, 5 homers, 31 RBI and 18 walks. 

In 2014 at Triple-A Pawtucket, he was named a Baseball America Minor League All-Star after entering the season as the Red Sox's No. 10 prospect by In 2013-14, he was named a Red Sox organizational All-Star by He was the Red Sox's first-round pick (26th overall) in the 2011 draft out of V Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, N.M.

Sherfy, 27, was recalled prior to yesterday’s game. He has 5 relief appearances at Reno this season, going 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA (2 ER in 5.1 IP) and 9 strikeouts. For the D-backs, he has held opponents scoreless in 24 of 26 career outings, with a 1.00 ERA (3 ER in 27.0 IP), .144 opponent average and 26 strikeouts.