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Blake Swihart 2016 Outlook


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Interview with Farrell tonight. He says Swihart will catch as much as possible in Pawtucket and play LF on the days he is off from catching.

Also that Swihart remains part of the young core of the team.

How much is spin and how much is truth probably depends on how Swihart does down at Pawtucket.

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I said I thought Vazquez would eat into his at bats...I didn't think he'd take them away.

The weird part of this to me is the timing. Did it really take them two extra weeks to figure this out?

Vasquez just started his live games rehab a few days back. He pitched I think it was only 2 or 3 games in the minors and was called up. Don't see how there was any 2 extra weeks involved. Actually think it was a really really quick move up to the majors for him especially since he was coming off Tommy John. They probably would have made the move quicker even but they wanted to see if he could handle a couple of 9 inning games in a row first.

Vasquez had a very good looking game back tonight too going 2 for 4 and hitting the ball sharply and hard too. He called a great game making Porcello look decent and remove Encarnacion from the line-up (he took Porcello deep twice) Porcello looked really good. That is hard to do. He even threw Tulo out when he strayed a bit off of first base. He is far and away a better catcher than Swihart but Swihart does have the better bat. I still would love to see these two be meshed together into a super-catcher position for the Sox. Of course that isn't a help to fantasy owners.

But given how Vasquez looks Swihart had better learn to play some LF at AAA because the pitchers all want Vasquez behind the plate when they pitch. They all call him Little Yadi and the dude frames pitches beautifully.

Swihart tries very hard behind the plate. The passed balls he gives up aren't because he gets lazy and tries to one hand a ball. He tries to square up and block them with his body. But the balls too often just clunk off his chest protector and get by him. Give him a year or two he should get better but Vasquez is "the natural" as a catcher. Smooth as silk.

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Called up from AAA and will likely play LF with Brock Holt going down with a concussion. He wasn't exactly lighting it up in Pawtucket, but his upside is worth the flier.

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I saw him in Pawtucket. Certainly seemed frustrated, whining at every called strike, lost the bat when swinging sending it 40 ft, just didn't look very pleased.

He could be a decent contributor at C this year if he hits.

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Batting 9th and playing LF tonight. Could be a sneaky play in deep/two-catcher leagues if he hits since he will probably play more often than most catchers.

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Any word on when Holt comes back?

He has been on the 7 day DL concussion list and is taking coming back one step at a time slowly to see how he feels is what "they' say. He has stayed with the big club and has taken some fielding practice so far. Which is to say there has been no word when he will be back. Swihart has played 9 games in LF now and had one day off so Holt technically is past his 7 days. So everything seems day to day and no one seems to know for sure.

That doesn't help Swihart owners because Swihart would likely go back down to work on his catching skills again. But he has shown he can play LF really well so if they decide to abort the catching curve on him for now he could play there and Holt could go back into his super utility role.

But chances are overwhelming he will get sent down once Holt is healthy. He really needs reps at catcher to remain in that position long term.

So Holt is the question mark and key to Swihart staying up for now. Now Holt didn't even know he had a concussion the first couple of weeks he was suffering from it's effects they said. It was the same time his batting average took a deep dip and everyone thought it was just a bad slump.

Now I actually think he did maybe know since he had had one before and was a little afraid and in denial to report the signs to his team which is quite understandable with players in the early stages of a concussion. I'd probably do the same and hope it just goes away after a few days at first. The fact that he finally did report it is a little troubling since it meant it didn't go away and has hung on a longish time now. So this has lingered way past the 7 day mark and it is his second concussion in two years and the second time he has seen the baseball concussion specialist doctor in Pittsburgh about same. I personally find that worrisome for him.

That of course leaves Swihart's status with the big club day-to-day but Boston won't put Holt back in until they are sure he is totally ready and will be super cautious with him at this stage given it is his second concussion and it has continued to linger. No one wants it to turn into a Justin Morneau kind of situation. Owners of Swihart just have to continue to monitor Holt updates for now i guess.

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I read that the rehab reps Holt was taking were in the infield, and insinuated that maybe Holt doesn't go back to LF. Just speculation at this point, but I also don't think it's a lock that Holt gets LF back when he's healthy.

Sox have a decent tandem behind the plate in Vazquez and Hanigan, and if they like what they see from Swihart so far in LF then maybe they leave him there.

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I read that the rehab reps Holt was taking were in the infield, and insinuated that maybe Holt doesn't go back to LF. Just speculation at this point, but I also don't think it's a lock that Holt gets LF back when he's healthy.

Sox have a decent tandem behind the plate in Vazquez and Hanigan, and if they like what they see from Swihart so far in LF then maybe they leave him there.

If he doesn't go back to LF, then he's most likely looking at a UTIL role. I just don't see much IF playing time coming for him, given that you have Hanley, Pedroia, Bogaerts, and Shaw at those positions. Those 4 guys play just about every day. My money is on Swihart being sent back down to AAA to get some Catcher reps, even though I'd love to get some of those ABs from him in my major league lineup...just not much out there in terms of Catcher production. Not that Swihart has done much outside of the 3 triples, but it's still nice to have a guy in your Catcher spot in a good lineup, that plays in the OF most games...always getting some type of stats out of that spot instead of regular DNPs for rest. I also agree that the Vazquez/Hanigan combo is more than adequate, especially from a defensive perspective, so if Swihart keeps hitting and the Sox want to keep him in LF, I'd certainly take that.

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Red Sox transferred INF/OF Brock Holt from the 7-day disabled list to the 15-day disabled list.

Holt landed on the 7-day concussion DL on May 19 with a concussion and is being eased back into baseball activities. He could need another few weeks of rest and rehab. Jun 2 - 12:16 PM

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Can I trust this guy? I feel he is doing decently among all catchers (I mean C eligible guys)

He may be sent down to work on his catching skills when Holt comes back. But there are rumors in the media that Brock Holt may be being kept on the DL even if recovered now because Boston likes Swihart's glove in LF better and they think his bat will come around soon.

Don't know if there is any truth to that but that is the speculation out there. Me, I don't think recovering from your second concussion in two years both of which you had to see the big specialist in Pittsburgh for suggests that Holt is healthy yet. I think they are just being super cautious and more than happy to be that way given what Swihart is doing in LF.

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I wouldn't worry about Holt impacting Swihart until Holt's rehab assignment starts, which is still TBA. With C being super thin, Swihart is a good player to try out in that loaded Red Sox lineup.

Even batting 6/7, Swihart is scoring runs

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As someone who is in a 2-catcher league and was totally screwed by the Schwarber injury, Swihart is a lot better than the dregs that are available. At least he's playing almost everyday at the moment.

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As a Sox fan he's been playing a pretty darn good LF honestly. It's hard to say if they plan to keep him up and at LF ROS, right now they have Hannigan/Vasquez behind the dish, so his PT will have to be in the OF at least for now or barring any injuries. They are high on him as they weren't willing to trade him last couple seasons, so I imagine he'll stick unless he goes ice cold.

If he could only play C, they might have had to trade one of those guys, so imo they should be thrilled he's playing a good LF as now they can play both Blake and Vasquez and not worry about trading one or keeping one of them with the Paw Sox.

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Just saw the replay of his injury. I'm betting that's a torn Achilles tendon & he's done for the year. I tore mine & my reaction was exactly like his. He knew right away he wasn't walking off the field

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