- Jul 18, 2005
I think the 840 OPS at portland as a 22yr old cemented the idea that he'd hit enough to support being an approximately average catcher.The reason Swihart was considered to be a top catching prospect wasn't primarily because of stats, it was because of scouting.
Scouts love his athleticism and potential as a hitter. They figured with his athletic ability and tools, he would eventually become a solid defensive catcher. The injuries have really set him back and he hasn't been able to do that.