2011 MLB Draft: Boston Red Sox: Blake Swihart Jason Varitek's Heir at Catcher?
The Boston Red Sox have struggled to find a solid option behind the plate this season.
With team captain Jason Varitek on the decline and replacement Jarrod Saltalamacchia struggling, Boston catchers have combined to hit .236 with an on-base percentage under .300 and a 78 OPS+.
When analyzing a team's draft strategy, we should resist the temptation to see specific picks as responses to current needs—at most, only a couple players from this year's draft will see MLB action in 2011. Choosing based on pure talent is a much better philosophy than reactionary moves in response to current depth chart holes.
Still, it's hard not to see catcher Blake Swihart, Boston's second first-round pick (No. 26 overall), as the man GM Theo Epstein & Co. expect to be the heir to Varitek's throne as the Red Sox' next long-term solution behind the plate.
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