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Scouting Report: Blake Swihart, C, Cleveland (NM) HS (2011 Draft)

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December 13, 2010

This is a draft where it is hard to find players you can dream on. What that means, in my opinion, is that there are fewer high school players in 2011 than there were in 2009 and 2010 who have projection. People ask me, “What do you mean by projection?” I say, “Does the guy give you something to dream on?” This is what makes or breaks organizations, spotting the right guys to dream on, and them dreaming right.

Blake Swihart is one of those guys for me. He’s a strong New Mexico catcher with power from both sides of the plate whose natural side looks to me like it’s the left side. Yeah, you can dream on that, just make sure you dream on the correct tool.

Blake Swihart, C
Cleveland HS, N.M.
Games Seen 6: Innings: 30 (Area Codes, Aflac, Peoria)
6-0, 170
Bat: S/Throw: R
Hit Type: Pull
Stance/Hit Approach: Square stance, balanced stride, uppercut swing plane.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:  Lanky athletic build with projected physical development.

STRENGTHS: Strong HS kid with natural loft power from both sides, more LH. Consistent hitting approach both sides, good rhythm and timing in approach. Live arm works right, throws carry through bag. Strong, supple hands, ability to handle velocity. Runs better than a lot of catchers.

WEAKNESSES: Improving defensive actions, footwork, and release mechanics. 

SUMMATION: Potential everyday ML catcher with power from both sides, playable arm strength and defense. 

GRADES:
Hit                                 30/60
Raw Power                 40/60
Power Production  30/60
Arm Strength           50/50
Field                            30/50
Run                              40/40

OFP = 54

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