The San Diego Padres are still trying to figure out what they have in Kyle Blanks. It seems everything the young first baseman/outfielder gets a shot, that shot is taken away or he is injured. Injury was the reason for his shortened 2012 campaign. However, San Diego avoided arbitration with the 26-year old by signing him to a one-year deal.
The deal is said to be worth $650,000 says ESPN's Jerry Crasnik.
Kyle Blanks signs $605,000 deal to avoid arbitration with #padres, source says.Blanks was drafted in the 42nd round of the 2004 draft by the Padres. He made his Major League debut in 2009, and he has played parts of four seasons. In those four seasons though, Blanks has only amassed 488 plate appearances in 146 games.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 19, 2012
In his first season, Blanks showed some raw power. He hit ten home runs in 54 games while batting .250/.355/.514. Unfortunately, he has not been given enough time to refine his raw talents. In his 488 plate appearances, Blanks has hit a combined .219/.316/.421 with 20 home runs.
San Diego has a lot of depth at first base, so they will be using Blanks more in the outfield. However, with Carlos Quentin's contract extension and the depth they already had in the outfield, Blanks once again may not get the playing time he needs to develop.