New Zealand Fan wrote:Of course you don't point the finger at Tex as his overall numbers were insane. Blowlock's certainly were not despite playing half his games in a park that seriously inflates all hitting categories.
His road average during his career prove he's an ordinary hitter.
His drastic regression against lefties in 2005 should be especially worrying. He was terrible against them in 2002 and 2003 but appeared to turn that around in 2004. Not a good sign.
Don't get me wrong, he does have value, but only as a platoon player and only because of his home park. And for this reason, no way he is a Top 100 pick and in my opinion he is not even in the Top 12 3B.
As for upside, the trends I see do not look promising.
Think about where Gareth Atkins should be taken next year in drafts and put Blalock not that much higher.
All this talk about Blalock not able to hit on the road made me look this up. Can you guess which TEX player put up these mediocre numbers on the road?
81 G, 333 AB, 43 R, 13 HR, 56 RBI, 35 BB, 76 K, .270 BA, .809 OPS
Bottom line. Blalock is way too young to be written off when he has put together more good years than bad. One bad season should not label him as anything.
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