PWF's breakout player 2007(1 of 2)
Low level of current attention version
Kyle Blanks-1B-San Diego Padres Organization
Currently in A+ Lake Elsinore of the California League
College: Yavapai JC(draft and follow guy)
Height: 6' 6"
Current stat in A+(warning: hitter friendly environment)
96 at bats
Very, Very projectable with that frame
Very, Very Athletic for a tall guy, used to be a college SS(!), has average MLB speed, not really projectable as a SB guy, but I'm sure he's faster than Pujols, and big guys can sneak up on you if you are not paying attention. 2sb/0cs last year 3sb/1cs in Rk ball.
Has showed power already(10HR in 308ab last year, 7HR in 164ab in Rk ball 2 years ago)
Has adequate contact skill(.299 in Rk ball, .292 last year in A)
Draws walks, pretty good Isolated OBP numbers(OBP-Batting average)-.420OBP in Rk ball, .382OBP in A ball and currently .380 in A+
Strikeout rate is pretty high, not terrible, but not very good, about 2k for every bb in his career pretty much
Has yet to face the AA challenge, probably will this year if he keep hitting like this
Has been hitting in good environment the last 2 years with the Cal league this year and Fort Wayne last year.
Plays for the Padres organization, which has a god awful of a home park for hitters and has a guy named Adrian Gonzalez.(But I'm sure Blanks is athletic enough to move to a corner OF or maybe even 3B if necessary)
Has yet to have a power explosion
Sickels rank him #9 in the Padres system between Will Venable and Paul McAnulty with a C+ grade and the tag "very intriguing power"
Baseball America doesn't have him in their Padres top 10
and I'd appreciate anybody that can help me find that website with all the rankings from different sites listed and averaged.
He's probably not worth getting yet in smaller keepers, but in bigger leagues, definitely, get him if he doesn't cost you much(go for a more prominent player of his then ask for Blanks as a throw in to balance things out or something), he shouldn't cost you too much, yet, and could be a very nice B/B+ grade prospect by next year. For those of you in shallower leagues, keep an eye out for him.