Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Tony Blanco Report

Tony Blanco, 1B/3B, Washington Nationals
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 1998, Domincan Republic
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'1", 176 lbs

I kid you not, his middle name is Hemisphere. Yes, Hemisphere. No. I don't know why.

At any rate, Blanco first made waves as a prospect as an 18 year old in 2000 with the Red Sox Gulf Coast League affiliate, blasting 13 home runs in 190 at bats. Since then he's completely fallen off the radar, and come back into the good graces of the prospect community. He started 2004 in the Carolina League, hitting .306/.403/.588 with 17 home runs and 27 walks in 216 at bats. He moved on to the Southern League, where he hit .245/.300/.455 with 12 home runs and 15 walks in 220 at bats. He obviously still has thunder in his bat, but he has difficulties hitting for average, which pulls down his overall numbers. He's morphed into a kind of Tony Batista-lite.

He's another Rule 5 pick that might hang on for a while, but I have my doubts as to his ability to stay in the majors. He needs to make more consistant contact.

ETA: Opening Day
2 1/2 Stars



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