2016 Outlook: Swihart earned a promotion to Boston in May and appeared in 84 games, recording a .274/.319/.392 batting line with 5 HRs. While hardly world-beating, MLB catchers last year hit just .240/.303/.379, solidly below what Swihart managed as a 23-year-old rookie in one of the most pressure-packed environments in baseball. Swihart is unlikely to develop more than average power, and his stikeouts have become more of a problem as he has progressed up the organizational ladder. He struck out 24.5 percent of the time in 2015, and unless he improves that frequency, he'll likely decline from last year's .274 batting average. If Swihart can knock that strikeout rate down to the 15-20 percent range that he sported throughout the minors, then he can be one of the rare catchers who won't eat away at the batting average.
2016 Outlook: Hanigan had a solid first season with the Red Sox in 2015, hitting .247/.337/.328, his highest marks across the board since 2012. The 34-year-old will head into 2016 as the most experienced backstop for Boston and could continue to see playing time while Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez, who are both under the age of 25, develop their games. Hanigan could also see more starts as the backup early in the season should Boston indeed start Vazquez in Triple-A while he recovers from Tommy John surgery. The Red Sox are unlikely to roster three catchers, and it is likely that they deploy the Swihart-Vazquez combination once Vazquez is ready to go, meaning Hanigan will be the odd man out eventually.