Since the Red Sox took over operations at the Carolina League affiliate in Salem, Va., players such as Daniel Nava, Xander Boegarts, Mookie Betts, and Brandon Workman have made it up to Fenway Park and are playing for the Red Sox. Others, such as Anthony Rizzo, Ryan Lavarnway, Ryan Kalish, and Wil Middlebrooks are now making their marks with other teams.
Now add the name Blake Swihart to the Salem-to-the-bigs pipeline.
The top position prospect in the Red Sox system, catcher Swihart has been called up from AAA, as the team has a huge hole at the position due to Ryan Hanigan suffering a broken hand during Friday night’s game. The Red Sox were hoping to give Swihart a full season at AAA, but has decided that now is the time to get a look at him.
Swihart came through the Roanoke Valley in the summer of 2013, batting .298 with 2 HRs and 42 RBIs for the 2013 Salem Red Sox, and helped them to a Carolina League championship.