The Boston Red Sox entered the 2015 season with plenty of catching depth. Now, it might be up to a young prospect to shoulder the load.
Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan left Friday night’s game against the New York Yankees with a fractured finger and is expected to miss significant time. After the game, several reports surfaced that Boston would call up 23-year-old catcher Blake Swihart from Pawtucket to join Sandy Leon on the Sox’s depth chart.
On paper, Swihart certainly has the potential to thrive in the big leagues. He was ranked the team’s top prospect before it signed Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada and is off to a hot start for the PawSox, hitting at a .338 clip with three doubles and 11 RBIs through 18 games.
But can Swihart live up to the hype? It appears we’ll find out sooner than later, as the catcher is expected to be thrown into the fire with Hanigan and Christian Vazquez out for the foreseeable future.
Watch Tom Caron and Jim Rice weigh in on Swihart and hear Sandy Leon’s take on Hanigan’s injury in the video above.
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