The list of bumps along the road for the 2015 Boston Red Sox is long, but having two youngsters behind the plate isn’t one of them.
Sox manager John Farrell praised his two young catchers before Thursday’s game against the Texas Rangers. Despite being thrown into the fire, Farrell thinks Blake Swihart, 23, and Sandy Leon, 26, have been everything the team has hoped for given its sticky catching situation.
Christian Vasquez, the team’s 24-year-old star defensive wizard behind the plate, tore a ligament in his elbow in spring training that required Tommy John surgery, prematurely ending his season. Andover, Mass., native Ryan Hanigan, set to be the veteran backup, fractured his finger before the calendar flipped to May. Enter Swihart and Leon.
NESN’s Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy broke down Farrell’s comments on “Red Sox Gameday Live” before Thursday’s game.
“He was talking about that today in his press conference — the fact that both these young catchers, Blake Swihart and Sandy Leon, have come along very quickly as far as calling games,” Remy said. “And you know, that’s very difficult at the major league level.”
Remy also went on to tell a fascinating anecdote Farrell used as a microcosm of the success Swihart in particular has had. Check out the full clip in the video above.
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