By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
September 21, 2010
Blake Swihart got a little lost behind Austin Hedges, but he’s not a bad guy in his own right. I had a long look at him over the Summer and I think there are some building blocks here. Switch-hitting catchers with good arms and potential to drive the ball are hard to come by. Here’s a summer break down.
Swihart has a long way to go in his development, but especially from the right-side, he shows a very good offensive platform with a firm front, extension and lift. His footwork behind the plate was still coming along when I saw him, but you couldn’t take away the pure arm strength he had. He had very soft hands defensively and good presence behind the plate. I have to say that in a year where there are not a lot of bats, there are some catchers to be had, which is a rarity. I think Swihart is easily in the conversation among the best high school catchers and most projectable pro prospects.