Swihart Getting Better and Better

GREENVILLE, SC - After a slow start during his first full professional season, Greenville Drive catcher Blake Swihart has shown dramatic improvement during the last two months. He's been putting together better numbers, improving in all aspects of the game, and finally feeling at home with the Drive.

"I think [the season] is progressing really well," Swihart said. "I think everyone is coming together as a team and I think all around all of us are starting to improve everywhere and have a better end of the second half of the season."

Swihart believes relaxing, both at bat and behind the plate, is what has contributed to his sudden personal improvement.

"In the first part of the season, I just needed to relax," Swihart said. "I was trying to do too much and after that first month everything just started clicking, you know? Now, I'm relaxed and ready to go. It's helping my game a lot."

Drive manager Carlos Febles believes Swihart's success is due to gaining confidence at the Low-A level.

"I think the first time we talked about [Swihart] he was struggling a little bit," Febles said, of an interview with Diehard Magazine in April. "But now, it just seems like he's getting better and better every day.

"He's been swinging the bat better and defensively he's been much better, too. I think he's getting more comfortable where he thinks now that he belongs here. I think that's been huge for him, getting to the point where he thinks ‘I can do this and I'm good enough to play well at this level.'

"He's improving. He's getting better and better," Febles repeated.

Before the All-Star break in May, the switch-hitter's batting average was .250 but has increased to .304 during the past two months, leaving his current season total at .266. Swihart is also improving as Greenville Drive's catcher.

"I feel like I've advanced a lot and I'm a lot more comfortable there, calling pitches and just being a lot more comfortable than I was when I started," Swihart said.

Febles agrees that Swihart has advanced significantly.

"Great," Febles said of Swihart's current performance. "He's been doing a good job and he's improving his calling and his receiving and his throwing and overall, defensively, he's just getting better and better."

Both Febles and Swihart have high expectations for finishing out the season.

"I think overall he needs to keep working on all aspects of his game," Febles said. "He's 20 years old and I mean, he needs to improve in all areas, offensively and defensively.

"I expect him just to keep learning. Just keep learning, that's all he needs to do. This is his first year as a professional baseball player and this is his first full season and he just needs to play and get experience."

"I just want to end strong and keep on going like I have been," Swihart concluded.


Diehard Magazine Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I think [the season] is progressing really well,\" Swihart said. \"I think everyone is coming together as a team and I think all around all of us are starting to improve everywhere and have a better end of the second half of the season.\"
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\r\nSwihart believes relaxing, both at bat and behind the plate, is what has contributed to his sudden personal improvement.
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\r\n\"In the first part of the season, I just needed to relax,\" Swihart said. \"I was trying to do too much and after that first month everything just started clicking, you know? Now, I'm relaxed and ready to go. It's helping my game a lot.\"
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\r\nDrive manager Carlos Febles believes Swihart's success is due to gaining confidence at the Low-A level.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think the first time we talked about [Swihart] he was struggling a little bit,\" Febles said, of an interview with Diehard Magazine in April. \"But now, it just seems like he's getting better and better every day.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's been swinging the bat better and defensively he's been much better, too. I think he's getting more comfortable where he thinks now that he belongs here. I think that's been huge for him, getting to the point where he thinks ‘I can do this and I'm good enough to play well at this level.'
\r\n
\r\n\"He's improving. He's getting better and better,\" Febles repeated.
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\r\nBefore the All-Star break in May, the switch-hitter's batting average was .250 but has increased to .304 during the past two months, leaving his current season total at .266.\r\nSwihart is also improving as Greenville Drive's catcher.
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\r\n\"I feel like I've advanced a lot and I'm a lot more comfortable there, calling pitches and just being a lot more comfortable than I was when I started,\" Swihart said.
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\r\nFebles agrees that Swihart has advanced significantly.
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\r\n\"Great,\" Febles said of Swihart's current performance. \"He's been doing a good job and he's improving his calling and his receiving and his throwing and overall, defensively, he's just getting better and better.\"
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\r\nBoth Febles and Swihart have high expectations for finishing out the season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think overall he needs to keep working on all aspects of his game,\" Febles said. \"He's 20 years old and I mean, he needs to improve in all areas, offensively and defensively.
\r\n
\r\n\"I expect him just to keep learning. Just keep learning, that's all he needs to do. This is his first year as a professional baseball player and this is his first full season and he just needs to play and get experience.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"I just want to end strong and keep on going like I have been,\" Swihart concluded.
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