#1 – Blake Swihart – When Swihart was drafted, many expected him to have to move off catcher and that his offense would carry him. He has improved behind the dish each season and is now considered a very good defensive catcher. He has caught nearly 40 percent of attempted base stealers through his pro career, and his bat has been every bit it was expected to be. He has not hit below .262 in any season (not counting his six at-bat, no hit debut in 2011), and has hit better than .290 each of the past two seasons. He finally showed some game power in 2014, putting 13 over the wall, and more is expected as he has added muscle every season thus far. Swihart is arguably the best catching prospect in baseball, and the Red Sox tabbed him as the most untouchable prospect this off-season.

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  1. sparkyII

    The Sox look loaded for the long tern with these prospects and the off season trades and FA contracts make 2015 look awesome. BUT without an ace in the line up, 2015 could be a major disappointment. Dropping 2 of these prospects by trade to the Phills for Cole Hammels would be well worth the loss of these prospects. I would however place prospects #1 and #2 on the no trade list.

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