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Blake Swihart attained celebrity status as an athlete. The American plays professional baseball as a catcher for the Boston Red Sox of the Major League Baseball (MLB). When he was drafted to join the league in 2011, Swihart was the highest-drafted player out of New Mexico since 1990 and he had his first MLB season in 2015.
Picked in the first round by the Red Sox, his abilities made it possible for him to be converted into a catcher even though he played as a shortstop while in high school. After he was signed by the Red Sox, the team handed him $2.5 million as signing bonus so that he can forsake the commitment he had made to the University of Texas.
Who Is Blake Swihart?
It has been confirmed that Blake Aubry Swihart was born on April 3, 1992, in Bedford, Texas, the United States to Carla and Arlan Swihart. In his own time, Arlan played basketball for Southern Illinois University.
Blake attended V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, where he actively participated in basketball, football, and baseball in which he played as a shortstop.
He was a fine player who helped his team to win a State Championship. This became obvious in 2010 when he played for USA Baseball’s Under18 National Team. He led the team with a .448 average to earn the Louisville Slugger All-American honors.
Beyond the foregoing, there are other things to know about this professional baseball catcher. Below are some of them…
6 Things To Know About The Professional Baseball Player
1. His Professional Career
For two consecutive years (2012 and 2013) after Blake Swihart was drafted, he was promoted to the Greenville Drive of Class A South Atlantic League and the Salem Red Sox of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League. He was named the 73rd-best prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2014 season of which he started with the Portland Sea Dogs of the Class AA Eastern League. In August of that same year, he was again promoted to the Pawtucket Red Sox of the Class AAA International League as he was the second, highest-ranked prospect in the Red Sox team.
Swihart recorded his first major league hit against the New York Yankees after he was called up to join the big leagues for the first time on May 2, 2015. He became the team’s youngest catcher to hit a home run since 1982.
You can’t deny that this bloke is a gifted athlete; he won a national wrestling championship when he was nine years old.
2. Salary and Net Worth
Even as it has been hard to estimate his wealth, it is believed that his base salary as of 2018 is $563,500. Also, it can be recalled that he started off his pro career with the Red Sox on a signing bonus of $2.5 million.
The negotiation for him to be traded to another organization and away from the Red Sox was kicked off by his agent in early 2018. It is projected that this will yield a higher value and room for him to blossom as a catcher in baseball.
3. Body Stat
Blake Swihart’s height is listed as 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and his weight, 205 pounds (93 kg). Among other things, his height has helped his career as an athlete. Above every other position in baseball, being a catcher is what he loves the most and he hopes to maintain this as long as possible.
4. Who’s His Wife?
Blake Swihart and his wife Shelby Lucero got married on December 15, 2017. The event was witnessed by family and close friends. While it isn’t clear yet how they met, they dated for a long time before tying the knot and, it was in January of the same year that the two got engaged. Shelby is a precision nutrition professional, she graduated from college in May 2017.
5. Blake’s Brother and Sister
Blake Swihart has a half brother, Jace Swihart who is approximately seven years older than him. Jace is a veteran of the United States Army. The baseballer also has a sister named Kacie Swihart. The siblings share a close bond and although Jace has a different father, he later took on the last name ‘Swihart’ after his adoption paper works were completed when he was 29.
6. He’s an Academic Genius
Despite his divided attention between sports and class lessons, Swihart finished high school with a 4.0 GPA and committed to the University of Texas at Austin on a college baseball scholarship.