Friday, February 05, 2016

Kyle Blanks in the Orange and Black?

I'd forgotten that he's on the spring training roster.

Big big dude -- 6-foot-6, 270 pounds. Here's what Chris Haft of mlb.com says --

What are the chances of someone like Ricky Romero or Kyle Blanks making the Opening Day roster? Also, is there any rookie who might be a surprise to open the season with the Giants?
-- Mike V., Tucson, Ariz.

Blanks conceivably could be this year's Justin Maxwell. He might not be as proficient of a defensive outfielder as Maxwell, but his ability to play first base makes him more versatile. Romero or any other starting pitcher will struggle to make the season-opening rotation, unless somebody in San Francisco's projected five-man contingent (Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Matt Cain and Jake Peavy) sustains an injury that sends him to the disabled list.
Outfield candidates Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker are rookies; at this point, Williamson's presence on the Opening Day roster would be more of a surprise than Parker's, given all those home runs the latter hit last September. However, either one will have to force his way into a bench role by excelling almost nonstop during Cactus League play.

My taken: not impressed. He's racked up a 4.0 WAR since 2009 -- 33 HRs in 943 plate appearances.  

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