Blake Swihart, one of the Red Sox’ first-round picks in the 2011 draft (26th overall), was the first catcher selected in this year’s draft. Until two years ago, he wasn’t even a catcher.
Throughout his youth and into his high school years at Rio Rancho High School and V. Sue Cleveland High in Rio Rancho, NM, he played a variety of positions, including third base and outfield.
During his sophomore year of high school, Swihart transitioned to catcher after a coach recommended the switch. Swihart’s coach told him it could help him advance in the sport.
“A switch-hitting catcher sounded pretty good,” Swihart told reporters on a conference call this afternoon. “It’s working out so far.”
Swihart said he’s comfortable playing all positions on the field, but he was especially pleased that the Red Sox expressed interest in him being behind the plate.
He committed to play at the University of Texas in the fall, and after a childhood spent as a diehard Longhorn fan, he called playing baseball at Texas “a dream come true.” He said going to Texas is “Plan A” at the moment.
Other draft picks from Day 2:
2nd round: CF Williams Jerez, Grand St. Campus HS, Brooklyn
3rd round: C Jordan Weems, Columbus (Ga.) HS
4th round: RHP Noe Ramirez, Cal-State Fullerton
5th round: SS Markus Betts, John Overton (Tenn.) HS
6th round: LHP Miguel Pena, San Jacinto College North
7th round: LHP Cody Kukuk, Lawrence Free State (Kan.) HS
8th round: CF Senquez Golson, Pascagoula (Miss.) HS
9th round: 3B Travis Shaw, Kent State
10th round: CF Cody Koback, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
11th round: LHP Kevin Brahney, Cal State-Chico
12th round: RHP Deshorn Lake, Menchville (Va.) HS
13th round: RHP Matthew Ott, LSU
14th round: RHP Michael McCarthy, Cal State – Bakersfield
15th round: 1B Braden Kapteyn, Kentucky
16th round: RHP Daniel Gossett, James F. Byrnes (S.C.) HS
17th round: RHP Blake Forslund, Liberty University
18th round: RHP Andrew Jones, Samford University
19th round: 1B Jeffrey Orvis, Freedom (Fla.) HS
20th round: LHP Zachary Good, Grayson County College
21st round: IF Austin Davidson, Oxnard (Calif.) HS
22nd round: RHP Joseph Holtmeyer, University of Nebraska – Omaha
23rd round: LHP Jarrett Brown, Salem (Ga.) HS
24th round: CF Andrew Turocy, Akron
25th round: 1B Taylor Ard, Washington State
26th round: RHP Cody Dill, Los Osos (Calif.) HS
27th round: RHP Alex Massey, Catholic (La.) HS
28th round: RHP Brenden Shepard, Stonehill College
29th round: RHP Matthew Spalding, St. Xavier (Ky.) HS
30th round: 3B Nick Moore, Brookwood (Ga.) HS