By MyFM's Jake Archer - Just a few short years ago, the Red Sox had the next superstar catcher ready to jump up to the big leagues and make an impact. Fast forward to now, and Boston has an iffy at best catching situation while that same player isn't even really being regarded as a candidate for the job.
Blake Swihart is the name of that catcher and calling him a catcher seems a bit disingenous at this point. He's really just a man without a postition at this point and he's no longer regarded as a top prospect who will one day be a core piece of Boston's future. Swihart has gone through struggles behind the plate, at the plate, in the outfield, in the big leagues and in the minors. He's had injuries and a case of the yips along the way. Somewhere in there, the organization kind of ruined him as well. They toyed with him and tried to force a square peg into a round hole to salvage what they could of his talent. It's resulted in a "what-could-have-been" story.
Now, in the first week or so of spring training games, Swihart is looking hot at the plate. He's smacking the ball all over the yard and out of it as well. The tool that got him noticed to begin with is starting to show itself again and this player may actually have some value, but I don't think it's with the Red Sox. If there was ever a guy that needed a change of scenery and a team that would back him and just let him do his thing, it's Blake Swihart. The Sox need to trade him now while people are taking notice of what he's been doing to start the year. Boston has no great answer for him because they don't trust him to handle the ever-important job as a catcher.
If the Sox keep him around and send him to the minors, they are wasting him and his career could spiral down so far that it can't recover. If they hold on to him and allow him to break camp with the major league club, he'll be some utility type who gets looks at DH, second base, the outfield and maybe catcher. Even with all of those positions, he won't be playing enough and his hit tool will fade again. He also has not shown even a slight mastery of any of those positions and though he's an athlete, it'll be a disaster trotting him out there.
Some other team may give you something for a guy they believe they can make a catcher. I don't know that he'll ever be all that good defensively or with a pitching staff, but they can sure try. He's got a unique ability to hit the ball pretty well and that's needed sorely at that position. So please Dave Dombrowksi, do Swihart and yourself a favor and deal the kid now before it is too late.