Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Player Profile: Kyle Blanks

I have two cards of Kyle Blanks. This one is from 2010 Topps Opening Day.

Playing career: Outfielder-first baseman Kyle Blanks came up with the Padres in 2009 and has played part of every season with them since, but injuries have limited him to just 254 games over those five years, in which he has hit .228 with 28 HR and 98 RBI.

Where he is now: After playing five games for the Padres in 2014, he was traded to Oakland, where he has been off to a good start, hitting .317 with 2 HR and 7 RBI in his first 18 games with the A's. Yesterday he was 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in a loss to Texas.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Kyle Bl, between Kyle Blackmon, a Manhattan realtor, and Kyle Blaha, a doctoral student at Juilliard. There do not appear to be any other prominent Kyle Blankses.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Larvell Blanks.

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