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Top Sox Prospect Swihart Makes Solid Debut Both at and Behind the Plate


Blake Swihart will always remember his major league debut.

Swihart, 23, collected his first major league hit in the fifth inning of Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Yankees, hustling up the line to beat out a grounder to deep second base.

The whirlwind for the newly minted Red Sox catcher kept spinning on Saturday. But despite the defeat, the day will surely be memorable for the No. 1 catching prospect in all of baseball according to Baseball America. Count Sox Hall-of-Famer Pedro Martinez as impressed.

Swihart would later score his first career run on a line drive double off the Green Monster by Mookie Betts in the home half of the seventh. He scored all the way from first on the play after drawing a walk and finished his day 1-for-3. Swihart also helped Sox starter Wade Miley to his longest start of the season, a seven-inning stint in which the left hander allowed three runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts.


With Ryan Hanigan undergoing surgery to repair his fractured right hand on Saturday and not expected back until the All-Star break, expect to see plenty of the 23-year-old Swihart in the next couple of months. Manager John Farrell was certainly pleased with his performance.


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