Andrés Blanco

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For the Venezuelan poet and politician of the same name, see Andrés Eloy Blanco. For a municipality of Lara State in Venezuela, see Andrés Eloy Blanco Municipality, Lara.
Andrés Blanco
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Blanco playing for the Rangers in 2011
Philadelphia Phillies – No. 4
Infielder
Born: (1984-04-11) April 11, 1984 (age 30)
Caracas, Venezuela
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 2004 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
(through August 18, 2014)
Batting average .313
Home runs 4
Runs batted in 50
Teams

Andrés Eloy Blanco Perez (born April 11, 1984, in Caracas, Venezuela) is a Venezuelan professional baseball infielder for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball.

Blanco was named in honor of Andrés Eloy Blanco, a Venezuelan poet, by his father.

Baseball career[edit]

Blanco made his major league debut with the Kansas City Royals on April 18, 2004. He hit .317 (19-for-60) with five RBIs, nine runs, two doubles, two triples, and one stolen base in 19 games.

He hit .215 with a .220 on-base percentage in 2005, and .241 with a .290 on-base percentage in 2006, both with Kansas City. Blanco had surgery on his left shoulder on September 29, 2006, to repair a posterior labrum tear in his left shoulder, which he injured during a swing five days prior against the Tigers.[1][2]

He did not play in the major leagues in 2007, but batted .192 in the minor leagues with a .226 on-base percentage and a .212 slugging percentage.

He signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs in November 2007, played the 2008 season with the Iowa Cubs where he hit .285/.327/.336, and became a free agent at the end of the season. In December 2008, he re-signed with the Cubs.

On June 20, 2009, during an interleague game between the Cubs and Cleveland Indians, Blanco hit an RBI single to tie a game in extra innings. He later scored the winning run for the Cubs on a wild pitch thrown by Indians' closer Kerry Wood.

Blanco hit his first major league home run on July 29, 2009 while playing the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field.

On March 27, 2010, Blanco was traded to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later or cash. He subsequently won the Rangers' utility infielder position. He became a free agent on November 4, 2011.

Blanco signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals on December 16, 2011. He also received an invitation to spring training. After leaving the Nationals, Blanco signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on March 31, 2012. The Phillies re-signed Blanco to a minor league deal with a spring training invitation on November 21, 2013.[3] His contract was selected from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on June 29, 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eskew, Alan (February 19, 2007). "Notes: Blanco limited by shoulder injury". MLB.com. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  2. ^ Kaegel, Dick (September 30, 2006). "Notes: McClure remains calm". MLB.com. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ Seidman, Corey (November 21, 2013). "Phillies sign Andres Blanco to minor-league deal". CSNPhilly.com. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 

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