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
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Infielder
Born: (1984-04-11) April 11, 1984 (age 31)
Caracas, Venezuela
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 2004 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
(through July 29, 2015)
Batting average .260
Hits 189
Home runs 6
Runs batted in 61
Teams

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

Baseball career[edit]

Blanco with the Phillies in a game on August 22, 2014

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 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.

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. 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. 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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