|Cincinnati Reds – No. 2|
November 6, 1992 |
Palo Alto, California
|April 10, 2018, for the Cincinnati Reds|
(through May 13, 2018)
|Runs batted in||4|
Alessandre Blandino (born November 6, 1992) is an American professional baseball infielder for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played college baseball at Stanford and was drafted by the Reds in the first round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.
Blandino was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 38th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft out of St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California. He did not sign and attended Stanford University. He played college baseball for the Stanford Cardinal from 2012 to 2014, hitting .292/.372/.504 with 27 home runs in 157 games.
The Cincinnati Reds selected Blandino in the first round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. He signed and was assigned to the Billings Mustangs, and after batting .309 with four home runs, 16 RBIs, and a .939 OPS in 29 games, was promoted to the Dayton Dragons, where he finished the season, batting .261 with four home runs and 16 RBIs in 34 games. In 2015, he played for both Dayton and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, posting a combined .278 batting average with ten home runs and 53 RBIs, and 2016 with Pensacola, batting .232 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs. Blandino spent 2017 with Pensacola and the Louisville Bats, slashing a combined .265/.382/.453 with 12 home runs and 51 RBIs in 125 total games between both teams. The Reds added him to their 40-man roster after the 2017 season. Blandino hit his first major league home run on May 1st, 2018 off Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jacob Barnes. The ball was caught by ballhawk Zack Hample, who has snagged over 10,000 baseballs at MLB stadiums. Hample returned the ball to Blandino for free.
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