Blanco with the San Francisco Giants
|San Francisco Giants – No. 7|
December 24, 1983 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|March 30, 2008 for the Atlanta Braves|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||128|
|Career highlights and awards|
Gregor Blanco was the center fielder and leadoff hitter for Tiburones de La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League, hitting .315 (178 AB) in the 2006–07 season, .345 (229 AB) in the 2007–08 season (finishing 2nd in the MVP Award) and .349 (172 AB) in the 2008–09 season. He was eventually called up to the majors because of Jordan Schafer's struggles.
Blanco signed with the Atlanta Braves on July 4, 2000 as an undrafted free agent. He beat out Josh Anderson in Spring Training to become the Braves backup outfielder in 2008. He began to see regular playing time after Mark Kotsay injured his back on May 26.
In 2008 he had the lowest home run per plate appearance percentage in the majors (among regular home run hitters) (0.2%).
Kansas City Royals
On May 8, 2011, Blanco was traded to the Washington Nationals in exchange for a player to be named later. During the offseason of 2011, Gregor played in the Venezuelan Winter league and was named the MVP for the 2011 season.
On June 13, 2012, Blanco made a fully extended diving catch in deep right-center field, catching the ball in the end of his mitt, to rob Jordan Schafer of a hit in the top of the 7th inning of Matt Cain's perfect game. The Mercury News wrote "In a town very familiar with the words "The Catch," Blanco made one for the ages: he took off on a dead sprint at the crack of the bat and made a diving catch on the warning track in center field, 400 feet from home plate."
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