Gregor Blanco

Gregor Blanco Statistics and History – Baseball-Reference.com.

He is what he is, a player with some real strengths that are outweighed by real, and major, weaknesses. Blanco can do basically three things: he walks, he runs the bases, and he catches the ball. However, the walks are washed out by Blanco’s high strikeout rate, which prevents him from hitting for a high enough average to have a really strong on-base percentage, and his complete lack of power makes him unusable as an everyday player. Because he throws poorly, the Braves are somewhat reluctant to use him in center, even though it’s really not that big of a deal. Therefore, he’s basically limited to pinch-running and being a defensive replacement in left field, which is exactly the role he played last night in his 2010 debut, running for Hinske and stealing second base, then staying in the game in Hinske’s place in left.

Blanco played most of the time in 2008, splitting time between left and center and more than adequately displaying his gifts (a .366 OBP and 13 stolen bases) and flaws (a .251 BA and .309 SLG, only one homer). Last season was a complete disaster, as he hit only .186 in 48 major league PA and a minor league career-low .228 in Gwinnett. This season, he’s hit .294 (which would be a career high) and posted a .392 OBP, though the slugging percentage is still only .375. He’s also eight for nine in stolen bases.

Blanco’s basically a fifth outfielder, which hasn’t worked too well in recent seasons as the Braves have carried only four outfielders. However, the move of Hinske to left suddenly means that Melky’s the fourth outfielder, which makes Blanco fifth. He’s well suited to the role. As the Braves middle-of-the-order hitters (Chipper, McCann, Glaus, and Hinske) are all painfully slow, there’s a good opportunity for him to serve as a pinch-runner. A use like last night, running late in the game for Hinske (or for Glaus with Hinske moving to first) could add a few runs around the edges for a team that often seems to lose a lot of runs due to poor tactical performance. He can also bunt, if Bobby’s determined to use his limited number of bench players that way.

143 thoughts on “Gregor Blanco”

  1. I hate Bobby’s bullpen management most of the time, but I will say last night the problem was not bringing in Chavez. The problem was bringing in Chavez for the second inning. I have no problem using Chavez down one run in the 7th, but after that was done, Moylan should have been brought in to pitch the 8th, and give the team a better shot to win it in the 9th. Most certainly after Chavez struggled in the 8th, Moylan should have been brought in instead of ‘The Lisp.’

  2. I think we should sign Smoltz and get him ready to join the pen in a month. Forget about Chavez and Resop, get another 40yr old RH down there

  3. Sickels on Cody Johnson today:

    I got a lot of crap from Braves fans for giving Cody Johnson just a Grade C+ in the book this year, and even that grade I felt was rather generous. His power potential is outstanding, but his lack of offensive polish and a very high strikeout rate are red flags for me. Playing for Double-A Mississippi this year, Johnson has hit 10 homers in 43 games, with an overall line of .245/.321/.496, with 15 walks and 60 strikeouts in 139 at-bats. He’s played 43 games, and any time someone’s strikeout rate exceeds once per game by such a large margin, I get nervous. Johnson also has an especially large platoon split. He kills right-handers at a .287/.336/.602 clip, but is helpless against lefties at .097/.275/.129, striking out in more than half his at-bats. The outlook for his future remains the same: he’s only 21 and still has time to adjust, but what I wrote in the book remains valid “exceptional power potential but a high risk of failure.”

  4. Blanco was a legitimately useful player for us in 2008. Unfortunately for us, we were so bad that year that he ended up being pretty much an everyday player.

    5 — I agree.

  5. 7,
    He’s playing in the DSL for one month starting in three days then he’s coming to the states on July 1. I don’t know which affiliate he’ll be headed to once he’s here, my guess is Rome or Danville.

  6. Insane quote from the Steinbrenner book: “Torre came under heavy media criticism for… waiting too long to get hot-hitting rookie Melky Cabrera’s youthful energy into the lineup.”

  7. Assuming the Toronto organization possesses a realistic outlook (considering they’re competing with New York, Boston and Tampa Bay), can anyone offer a guess as to who they might want in return for Vernon Wells? I believe he would be a nice fit (right-handed power bat) with the Braves.

  8. @12 Dude – do you have any idea what Vernon Wells is owed?

    10:$12.5M,11:$23M, 12:$21M, 13:$21M, 14:$21M

  9. Looks like 1 Martin 2 Heyward 3 Chipper 4 Glaus 5 McCann 6 Escobar 7 Melky 8 Nate 9 Hanson according to Gameday.

  10. I am a huge Bobby supporter, but anymore bullpen tomfoolery like last night, and I am jumping the fence.

  11. Prado is a very good hitter, but I wish he were a little more selective. He just hacked his way out of a walk.

  12. Good Lord, a 3-1 breaking ball after digging a 2-0 hole with breaking balls. McCann frustrates the hell out of me when he’s calling Hanson.

  13. Get ahead 0-2 by being aggressive, then start nibbling and let the hitter back into the at bat. We see this every time out and it drives me crazy. And of course it drives Tommy pitch count up. A guy with Tommy stuff does not need to nibble.

  14. Other than that last batter, it looked like he couldn’t throw strikes, period.

  15. Heyward stole Hanson’s moxie.

    McLouth’s contract situation: 11:$6.5M, 12:$10.65M club option ($1.25M buyout)

  16. Chip is such an idiot.

    That foul pop-up would have never happened if Chipper was still alive.

  17. In the words of Buzz Bissinger, these Marlins announcers are complete douche juices.

  18. What was the question? I missed it.

    Hanson has settled down well. It would be nice if the offense started to hit.

  19. Is it an unwritten-unwritten-rule that you CAN break up a no-hitter with a bunt when there is a shift on?

  20. The question was who the Marlins’ all-time hit leader against the Braves is. They apparently aren’t going to ever give the answer, though.

  21. It takes our pitcher to get a runner home from 3rd with less than 2 out. Well done!

  22. Worst hitter on the team, possibly the worst in the league, and he does something our other actual hitters can’t do half the time.

  23. Wow, all four of those pitches to Robertson were strikes according to the MLB game tracker.

  24. Gametracker was definitely wrong. Weird game for Hanson, he either can’t find the plate for batters like the pitcher or he’s throwing mostly strikes. Of course that last strike was right accross the heart of the plate.

  25. This may work out, but after walking 5 batters, an intentional walk to load the bases makes no sense to me.

  26. What a terrible decision by the Marlins third base coach. The runner was a step shy of third when Melky got to the ball.

  27. Well…theoretically, that extra $14 million could really be useful next offseason.

  28. so who do we have more faith in now, Yunel or Chipper. Unfortunately, Im about ready to see Infante over one of them

  29. Yup. Turns out Dan Meyer’s middle name is “Livingston”. Since Jonathan Livingston Seagull is Schuerholz’s favorite book, I’m surprised he traded Meyer.

  30. Great job, Martin. Come on, Bad Henry County. (If I were Fredi, I would walk Heyward to get to Chipper.)

  31. Troy, buddy, that was positively Francoeurian. How do you swing at the first pitch when the guy just walked in a run?

  32. Yeh….Glaus was dead there, but Coglan’s off line change up to the plate bailed him out.

  33. melky has been useful today, couple of hits, scored the first run, threw a guy out at home

  34. Cox is getting his regulars a lot of rest. It’s May for crying out loud.

  35. I don’t have a problem with taking some guys out with a 5 run lead here. That’s not to say I cared much for the Sunday lineup against the Pirates. But it’s a long season.

  36. Hinske for Glaus made a lot of sense, as Glaus was limping around, plus as I never tire of pointing out Hinske is a better first baseman than Glaus, plus plus Hinske’s spot is due up second in the inning. Ross for McCann is also a good idea, just getting three innings off will help Brian’s knees.

  37. McLouth has a BABIP of .247 and a LD percentage of 14.9 that’s not terribly low.

  38. Damn you Moylan! We’re trying to overwork you then you go and get out of the inning in 6 pitches. Pitch the next inning too!

  39. Phillies have only scored in 1 of their last 35 innings, according to Joe. I dont care to look it up

  40. So after watching the bullpen management of the last two nights I have to wonder if Bobby has accepted a job with the Marlins organization that begins next year….

  41. I know we’ve beaten this to death, but if I was sitting next to Chip I would have to say, “I’m sorry, could you please be quiet? I’m trying to enjoy the game.” My six-year-old daughter provides more interesting commentary. I’m not exaggerating. I’m pretty much to the point where I have to mute the game while he’s talking. How does Fox tolerate this?

  42. The fill in guy (I actually like him but I can’t think of his name…Mike something) asked Don what he thinks about some people’s theory that a closer shouldn’t be used in a non save situation because he won’t have his adrenaline working, etc. Don said that those guys that say that are more interested in being quoted in the papers than anything else and then something about not knowing a jock strap from a (some other thing(I was laughing really hard at this point so I missed the last bit)).

  43. Bowman…

    While looking at potential ways to improve their rotation, the Braves are also keeping close tabs on Mike Minor, who has notched 47 strikeouts and issued 10 walks while working 29 innings in his past five starts for Double-A Mississippi.

    With just 13 career professional starts under his belt, Minor may need a little more development at the Minor League level. But the 22-year-old left-hander, who was the seventh overall selection in last year’s First-Year Player Draft, has led some members of the Braves’ organization to believe he is close to being Major League-ready…..

    He also said that Resop could be promoted very soon to replace Kenshin or Medlen. Medlen may be too valuable out of the pen

  44. Sciambi took a promotion. This is the same organization that tried to hide it’s association with Skip and Pete by sticking them on the radio after umpteen years and then hired Chip after one of the most derided announcing performances in sports history. Why would a quality guy like Boog want to be associated with that?

  45. If we had an absolute genius of a manager that understands high leverage situations I might buy that Medlen could be more useful out of the pen. Since that isn’t the case, it’s going to be a tough sell that I guy will be more valuable pitching 1 inning than he would pitching 5 or 6.

  46. I realize that. I was just saying, I miss Boog. He was everything that Chip is not. He really enhanced Joe’s better half, while Chip often brings out the worst in Joe.

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