The agent for Blake Swihart, a former high prospect who has battled accidents and struggled to seek out enjoying time with the Crimson Sox, has requested that his consumer be traded.
Agent Brodie Scoffield instructed NBC Sports activities Boston on Tuesday that he has knowledgeable the Crimson Sox of his commerce want for Swihart, who has simply 32 plate appearances this season.
“We’ve had conversations with the team, and they’re aware of how we feel,” Scoffield instructed NBC Sports activities Boston. “Blake’s in a extremely troublesome place. We have got a switch-hitter, offensive influence participant, and his bat deserves an opportunity to be within the lineup.
“Blake’s not the kind of participant that is going to ask or demand a commerce (on his personal). He is centered on what’s in entrance of him and joyful having a constructive influence on the staff and the state of affairs at hand. That being stated, I do not assume we’re constructing any kind of commerce worth, nor serving to him progress as a ballplayer, neither is the staff actually being served by him on this function.”
Swihart, 26, was a first-round draft choose in 2011 and was rated by Baseball America because the No. 17 general prospect in 2015. However he has not had a longtime defensive place with the Crimson Sox, who moved him from catcher to outfield in 2016 earlier than shifting him to a utility function this season.
Supervisor Alex Cora stated throughout spring coaching that he envisioned Swihart in a “tremendous utility” function, just like Houston’s Marwin Gonzalez.
However Crimson Sox president Dave Dombrowski referred to Swihart as a “third catcher” Tuesday prior to Scoffield’s comments, telling reporters that “the fact is, your 25th participant normally does not play that a lot anyway.”
Scoffield additionally cited the pending return of injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia, which doubtless would transfer Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt into utility roles and probably result in Swihart’s demotion to the minors.
“With Dustin Pedroia returning, it appears now could be the time to make a transfer with Blake,” Scoffield stated.
Swihart confirmed promise as a rookie in 2015, when he batted .274 with 5 residence runs in 84 video games. However accidents and a diminished function have restricted Swihart to only 40 mixed video games with Boston over the past three seasons. He’s batting .138 (four for 29) in 15 video games this 12 months, receiving scattered enjoying time at first base, designated hitter and left discipline.
“We’re speaking about Blake being the Marwin Gonzalez of the Crimson Sox,” Scoffield said. “We’re speaking about floor balls at second base, we’re taking floor balls at third base, we’re within the outfield, we’re catching. However none of that is materialized.
“And so it’s mixed messages. It’s an undefined role for a player that can catch, that can hit, and whose athleticism allows him to move all around the diamond.”