Blanks is a guy who you look at and wonder why he's on the baseball diamond. He kind of reminds me of Antonio Gates, the TE for the Chargers. The book on Blanks says he has worked very hard, which portends well for his character, at closing the holes in his swing since signing as a draft and follow with SD back in 2004. Additionally, he is a surprising athlete who runs ok once eh gets started. At his young age, he also has developed an ability to drive the ball with authority to the opposite field, which as he continues to get older will allow him to maintain some semblence of average.
I believe BA has him as a Top 50 prospect before the season started, and with him getting some games recently in the OF, it looks liek the Padres management is trying to figure out a way to get his bat in the lineup because Adrian Gonzalez is obviously blocking him from making an impact.
Lastly, if he gets 300 major league ABs this year, I could see this range of outcomes:
.245/10 HR/42 RBI/2 SB
.277/ 14 HR/48 RBI/2 SB
That speaks to me as a platoon type player who really makes his bench spot somewhat valuable....
Hope this helps