Thursday, March 19, 2015

An appreciation of Gregor Blanco

He shouldn't be starting but he's started a LOT in the last 3 years. John Shea's story indicates he'll probably be the right field starter til Pence gets back....

Blanco has played between 141 and 146 games each of his three years as a Giant. In left, 189 games. Center, 178. Right, 56 (thank you, Mr. Pence). One error. No trips to the disabled list.
“The thing that stands out for me is the versatility, the ability to play all three positions at such a high level,” Posey said. “He’s always ready. Whether he’s playing or not, he’s ready to go. Great attitude, always. Obviously a big part of the success we’ve had.”
Manager Bruce Bochy said after Pence got hurt that newcomer Nori Aoki would get first crack at right field but said this week the team is discussing playing Aoki in left, meaning Blanco would be the top choice in right, where the adventures and misadventures of the Great Wall of China Basin are hardly routine.
Of all the outfielders in camp, Blanco would be trusted the most to defend Pence’s position. He’d have Matt Cain’s vote. Right field is where Blanco played when making his famous diving catch to preserve Cain’s perfect game in June 2012.


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