Blake Swihart can swing a bat with the best of them. But adjusting to a new pitching staff might take some time.
The 23-year-old catching prospect will make his major league debut Saturday, batting ninth and starting behind the plate for the Boston Red Sox’s matinee game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.
Swihart always has had success at the plate, hitting at a .338 clip with three doubles and 11 RBIs through 18 games in Pawtucket. Where the young catcher might need some time, however, is in developing a rapport with the Red Sox’s rotation, starting with Wade Miley on Saturday.
“There’s going to be some subtleties, some things that are different,” manager John Farrell said before Saturday’s contest. “Particularly in game calling against major league hitters that have the capability to make adjustments more readily than what he’s experienced. So that’ll be the first for him.”
Hear more from Farrell on his young catcher in the video above.
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