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Red Sox | Blake Swihart will shag balls in left field

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:51:24 -0700

Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox C Blake Swihart will catch and begin fielding fly balls in left field with Class AAA Pawtucket. The uncertainty of C Christian Vazquez's health leading into the season delayed Swihart beginning to learn another position during spring training.

Fantasy Tip: Swihart returned a .303/.353/.453 slash line in the second half last season, and he appeared set to have a nice follow up in 2016. He likely isn't worth stashing, but in two-catcher and AL-only formats, you'll want to keep tabs on his progress because he could still have a nice fantasy impact this season. Vazquez and Ryan Hanigan will split time behind the plate for Boston, but neither are intriguing fantasy options.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPNBoston.com - Scott Lauber

Red Sox | Blake Swihart optioned

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:21:52 -0700

Boston Red Sox C Blake Swihart was optioned to Class AAA Pawtucket Friday, April 15.

Fantasy Tip: Swihart was off to a 5-for-18 (.278) start, but with Christian Vazquez healthy, they opted to let Swihart develop more in the minors. Vazquez is an option to be picked up off the waiver wire in AL-only and two-catcher formats, but the young backstop is more known for his stellar defense and might not be much of a step up from Swihart with the stick.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Boston Herald - Evan Drellich

Red Sox | Blake Swihart could move positions

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 06:12:06 -0700

Boston Red Sox C Blake Swihart could be moved to a new position after struggling defensively behind the plate this season.

Fantasy Tip: Christian Vazquez sounds like the primary catcher now, but he's a bit limited offensively. He's an AL-only option right now. Swihart's value is diminished because he figures to play less frequently. He, too, is an AL-only catcher.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Boston Herald - Evan Drellich

Red Sox | Blake Swihart with day off

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:12:43 -0700

Boston Red Sox C Blake Swihart is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, April 13. C Ryan Hanigan is doing the catching and is hitting eighth against Baltimore Orioles SP Ubaldo Jimenez.

Fantasy Tip: Hanigan is more of a defensive specialist and should be ignored in all fantasy baseball formats.

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Red Sox | Blake Swihart out against Blue Jays

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 12:05:09 -0700

Boston Red Sox C Blake Swihart is not in the starting lineup Friday, April 8. C Ryan Hanigan is starting behind the plate and batting eighth against Toronto Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman.

Fantasy Tip: Hanigan was expected to start Thursday, April 7, but the game was postponed, so this might be a situation where he is going to serve as Joe Kelly's personal catcher. Regardless, Hanigan is nothing more than a desperation start in all fantasy formats, as he owns a .219/.319/.303 slash line over the past three seasons. Swihart is an up-and-coming backstop, though, and he posted a .303/.353/.452 line in the second half last year. There is potential for Swihart to be a starting catcher in all fantasy leagues before the season is done.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Peter Abraham

Red Sox | No Blake Swihart Thursday

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 11:41:13 -0700

Boston Red Sox C Blake Swihart is taking the day off Thursday, April 7. C Ryan Hanigan is starting behind the plate and is batting eighth against Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar.

Fantasy Tip: Hanigan has very little, if any at all, fantasy value as Boston's backup catcher. He hit .247 with just two home runs and 16 RBI in 201 plate appearances in 2015. Ignore him in all formats Thursday.

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Red Sox | Blake Swihart fine

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 16:32:49 -0700

Boston Red Sox C Blake Swihart (chin) will start in the spring game Wednesday, March 16, after taking a foul ball off his mask over the weekend. Swihart suffered a bruise on his chin.

Fantasy Tip: Swihart had five home runs and hit .274 in 288 at-bats in an impressive rookie showing in 2015. He also has decent speed from a catcher. Plenty of upside here, but his power potential is capped. Still, he's certainly attractive as a second fantasy catcher with upside.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Peter Abraham

Red Sox | Blake Swihart leaves game

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 13:17:40 -0700

Boston Red Sox C Blake Swihart (jaw) left his team's spring game Sunday, March 13, due to a bruised jaw.

Fantasy Tip: It shouldn't be a long-term injury for Swihart, who will go later in AL and mixed drafts this season because his status dropped from last year due to a foot injury. Swihart could be a sleeper if his health, and his bat, are A-OK.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Peter Abraham

Red Sox | Christian Vazquez brought along slowly

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:43:26 -0800

Boston Red Sox C Christian Vazquez (elbow) is in the final stages of his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and he says he's 100%. However, the Red Sox are being conservative with Vazquez because of the presence of Cs Blake Swihart and Ryan Hanigan. Vazquez has been pain-free, but Boston wants to see how he responds to workouts in spring training.

Swihart is expected to start on opening day after hitting .310 with four home runs, 17 RBI and an .822 OPS in his final 129 at-bats last year. There has been speculation that the Red Sox move Swihart to first base when Vazquez is completely ready, but Boston isn't entertaining those thoughts yet.

Fantasy Tip: The switch-hitting Swihart held up pretty well last year considering he was rushed to the majors. His solid second half gives hope to fantasy owners willing to take a chance on him as a prospect with plenty of upside. You'll have to be patient with the defense-first Vazquez, but the fact remains that Swihart is and will always be the more attractive fantasy asset.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Ian Browne

Red Sox | Blake Swihart to be regular catcher

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:01:46 -0800

Boston Red Sox C Blake Swihart will enter the 2016 season as the club's regular catcher, according to manager John Farrell.

Fantasy Tip: Swihart, who will turn 24 in April, hit .274 with five home runs and 31 RBIs in 84 games during his rookie campaign. He has plenty of offensive upside and should be selected during the middle rounds of drafts for mixed fantasy leagues. Boston's depth at the catching position is allowing the team to be more patient with prospect Christian Vazquez, who missed the entire 2015 season because of Tommy John surgery.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Alex Speier