2011 MLB Draft: Blake Swihart Selected at #26 by Boston Red Sox

With their second selection in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft, the Red Sox have made Blake Swihart the #26 pick.

Swihart is a switch-hitting catcher at the moment, but there are questions about whether or not he will stick behind the plate. He is not built like a catcher just yet, though, at 6-foot-nothing and 175 pounds, and is athletic with upside, so if he can't stay behind the plate, he could move to third base or a corner outfield spot. The good news, though, is that his bat is expected to fit in just fine at either of those places.

Kevin Goldstein expected Swihart to go to Boston here at #26, and both Keith Law and Baseball America considered him the 17th-best talent available for the draft. That makes two picks out of two where Boston has done better than expected tonight.

Swihart has a commitment to Texas, meaning Boston will have to pay up in order to pry him away, but given their resources, that shouldn't be a problem unless Swihart has zero interest in playing professional ball right now.

Want to have a look at Swihart? Thankfully, MLB.com has a video for you to check out:

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