Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart, Eduardo Rodriguez assigned to Pawtucket

Rob Bradford
March 20, 2015 - 5:22 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Their time will come, just not in the near future. The Red Sox ended Blake Swihart's and Eduardo Rodriguez's stints in major league camp Friday, sending both players to Triple-A Pawtucket. Swihart acquitted himself well throughout his first major league spring training, going 7-for-18 (.389) with one home run and a 1.006 OPS. "Both very strong. You look at two young guys who are talented, strong in their own respective positions," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Both had very good springs for the positions that they're in. That is Blake coming in and not just being happy to be in big league camp, but to come in and compete. To know he, himself, is getting closer to becoming a major league player. When that time comes, who knows? And I think there are some areas that we recognized he has to continue to develop, and that's probably as much on the receiving side, some blocking. That's ongoing maintenance for any catcher. But I thought he showed well, very well." Farrell noted last week that he would not hesitate to call on Swihart if the need arose at the major league level, although the 22-year-old wouldn't necessarily be the first option. Rodriguez opened eyes as well, giving up one run over 7 2/3 innings, striking out nine and not walking a batter. While it would appear both Steven Wright and Brian Johnson might be ahead of the lefty in regard to the starting pitching depth chart, it is believed that the 21-year-old Rodriguez has the most upside of the group. "In Eduardo's situation, we don't have the history with Blake, but a young, poised, extremely talented left-handed pitcher that has got a bright future," Farrell noted. "There was one outing in particular in Bradenton where he didn't have his best stuff and yet he didn't let the traffic or the challenge of the inning effect the body language and poise to make pitches. He's an impressive young guy."

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