Inside the game-day style of Melvin Gordon, Bryce Harper, mo

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Inside the game-day style of Melvin Gordon, Bryce Harper, mo

Postby linlybest » 2017-12-14, 06:28:43 am

Swihart was the only catcher of the three on the Red Sox 40 man roster with minor league options remaining. The Red Sox never would have exposed Sandy Leon or Christian Vazquez to waivers.

Boston catching instructor and bullpen coach Dana LeVangie said the Red Sox told Swihart to work on "multiple things" at Triple A when they optioned him there.

"But more than anything he just had to go out and play and do it and also wholesale jerseys China figure it out in the game," LeVangie said. "I think when we started spring training, we had to give him a little bit of an adjustment period to settle in. Once he did, he started getting better and more comfortable."

The reports from Pawtucket have been positive, LeVangie said.

"He's been doing well," LeVangie said. "Blocking the ball well. That was one of the things. Receiving the ball well. So all positive things coming out of there."

He hasn't made an error in 10 starts. He has two passed balls and he has thrown out 6 of 10 base stealers (60 percent).

Swihart had some trouble early in spring training throwing the ball back to the pitcher accurately but that issue got rectified pretty wholesale jerseys quickly.

That caught wholesale authentic jerseys stealing percentage obviously is a positive, although a small sample size. He went 2 for 11 during spring training.

He threw out just 16 for 57 (28 percent) during his rookie season in Boston in 2015. He went 3 for 10 at Pawtucket in '15 before his promotion.

He always has had a strong arm. He threw a 97 mph pitch during high school.

But that arm strength hasn't exactly translated to throwing out base stealers at Triple A and in the majors like it did at the lower levels of the minors.

"Consistency, accuracy," LeVangie said. "And that's one of the things we worked on. It's not just throwing. What makes throwing good? It's footwork. It's alignment on your throws. Repeating your throwing mechanics. So a lot of things go into it."

He hit .333 (7 for 21) with a triple, homer and seven RBIs in his first six games at Pawtucket. But he's 0 for 16 the past four games, dropping his average to .189.

We know Swihart can hit. The hits should come. The defense is the most important thing right now. And it seems like he is making progress in that area.
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