Andrés Blanco

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Andrés Blanco
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Blanco playing for the Rangers in 2011
Free agent
Infielder
Born: (1984-04-11) April 11, 1984 (age 33)
Caracas, Venezuela
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 2004, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average .256
Hits 305
Home runs 18
Runs batted in 109
Teams

Andrés Eloy Blanco Perez (born April 11, 1984) is a Venezuelan professional baseball infielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies.

Baseball career[edit]

Kansas City Royals[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 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.[3]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

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.

Texas Rangers[edit]

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. In 2011 he batted .224/.263/.342 for Texas.[4] He became a free agent on November 4, 2011.

Washington Nationals[edit]

Blanco signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals on December 16, 2011. He also received an invitation to spring training.

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

After leaving the Nationals, Blanco signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on March 31, 2012. Playing for Lehigh Valley in AAA in 2013, he batted .235/.301/.346 in 461 at bats.[3] He had right shoulder surgery in February 2013, and missed playing the entire 2013 season.[4]

The Phillies re-signed Blanco to a minor league deal with a spring training invitation on November 21, 2013.[5] His contract was selected from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on June 29, 2014.

On December 14, 2016, Blanco signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Phillies.[6] On June 7, 2017, Blanco pitched 13 of an inning in a blowout loss to the Atlanta Braves, giving up a 2-run home run for an ERA of 27.00.[7]

See also[edit]

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. ^ a b Andres Blanco Minor & Winter Leagues Statistics & History | Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ a b Andrés Blanco Stats, Fantasy & News | MLB.com
  5. ^ Seidman, Corey (November 21, 2013). "Phillies sign Andres Blanco to minor-league deal". CSNPhilly.com. Archived from the original on March 17, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ Todd, Jeff (December 14, 2016). "Phillies Re-Sign Andres Blanco, Designate David Rollins". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Braves 14, Phillies 1: June 7, 2017". MLB Gameday. mlb.com. June 7, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017. 

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