April 3, 1992
1st round, 2011
School: Cleveland HS (NM)
ETA: Late 2015
2012 Prospect Preview
Swihart could be catcher of the future (2.6.13)
2013 Prospect Preview
Catcher Swihart has tools to be great
2013 Top 40 Season in Review
Swihart staying grounded despite spotlight (1.16.14)
2014 Top 40 Season in Review
Rookie Dev Program notes: Swihart looks back... (1.24.15)
Athletic build, lean muscle, solid core. Has filed out considerably since
signing, especially in his lower half, but still has some room for added
bulk without losing athleticism.
hitter with fluid, line-drive stroke from both sides. Plus bat speed and
bat control through the zone with loud, consistent contact. Uses whole
field. Solid pitch recognition, hand-eye coordination, and understanding
of the strike zone. Future plus hit tool (.275-.285 average) with
average-to-above-average on-base percentage. Battles. Doesn’t use batting
Power: Strong for his size. More to come
as he physically matures. More present power from the right side. Squares
balls up with consistency. Doesn’t sell out for power. However, plus bat
speed, raw strength and hand-eye coordination to square balls up
consistently will translate to future average power potential (15-20 home
Arm: Plus-to-better arm strength. Accurate
thrower. Gets out of his crouch easily. Consistently throws out runners at
a high percentage.
Field: Consistent sub 2.0 pop
times, typically between 1.8-1.9. Athletic behind the plate with quick
feet and lateral movements. Frames well, and athleticism provides mobility
for excellent blocking skills on balls in the dirt. Future plus defense
with plus athleticism.
Run: Average runner, but
above-average for catcher. Can go first to third and score from second.
Alert on the basepaths with good instincts.
Committed to the University of Texas prior to signing. Primarily played
shortstop and outfield in high school. Played for Team USA 18-and-Under
National Team in 2010. Also played basketball in high school.
Summation: Future first-division regular and solid
contributor across the board. Potential above-average hit tool and average
power potential at a premium defensive position. Athleticism behind the
plate immediately stands out. Natural instincts. Confident actions. Elite
makeup and strong work ethic. Arguably the best catching prospect in the
game right now.