Red Sox Top Prospect Voting #12: Blake Swihart Starts The Second Half

Bobby Valentine has had a pair of trophies made. The first will be given to whoever is capable of dethroning team hide & seek champion Dustin Pedroia. The second will be given collectively to the team if they fail to find John Lackey. (Photo by Derek Berwin/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

We kick off the second half of the list with something of a surprise: the selection of 2011 first round pick and prospective catcher Blake Swihart.

I say surprise not because it was unexpected that Swihart beat out the competition this time around, but because he didn't long, long ago. Arguably the most hyped pick of our draft, and the one whose signing we spent much of the summer worrying about, Swihart is the sort of big-potential prospect we should have fun dreaming on for the next few years. A strong offensive profile limited only by the typical concerns for young players, if Swihart remains at catcher then he could prove the final, ideal answer behind the plate for Boston--assuming neither Lavarnway or Saltalamacchia do so first.

All this has left Swihart high up on some prospectors lists, but not quite so high on ours. Based on how voting has gone so far, you can either take that as a sign of the importance the fanbase puts on proximity to the majors, a comment on the depth of our system, or both.

Either way, he's here now.

1. Ryan Lavarnway, C/DH

2. Will Middlebrooks, 3B

3. Xander Bogaerts, SS

4. Ryan Kalish, OF

5. Anthony Ranaudo, SP

6. Jose Iglesias, SS

7. Matt Barnes, SP

8. Garin Cecchini, SS

9. Brandon Jacobs, OF

10. Bryce Brentz, OF

11. Blake Swihart, C

Moving on to #12. As always, your rec is your vote, rec your choice below or start a new thread if I didn't mention your guy.

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