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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 30)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
1 .242 0 0 0 0 .250 0.0
Birth Date12-24-1983
Height5' 11"
Weight175 lbs
Age30 years, 9 months, 27 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.42010
2011
1.52012
0.92013
2.22014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 ATL 24 144 519 430 52 108 14 4 1 133 74 99 6 3 6 38 13 5 .251 .366 .309 .261 17.7 -7.2 1.1
2009 ATL 25 24 48 43 5 8 0 1 0 10 4 9 0 0 1 1 2 0 .186 .255 .233 .209 -0.5 -0.0 -0.1
2010 ATL 26 36 66 58 9 18 1 1 0 21 8 15 0 0 0 3 1 2 .310 .394 .362 .278 4.4 -0.2 0.4
2010 KCA 26 49 203 179 22 49 8 3 1 66 21 35 0 1 2 11 10 2 .274 .348 .369 .248 5.6 -5.8 -0.0
2012 SFN 28 141 453 393 56 96 14 5 5 135 51 104 2 2 5 34 26 6 .244 .333 .344 .265 17.7 -3.9 1.5
2013 SFN 29 141 511 452 50 120 17 6 3 158 52 95 1 3 3 41 14 9 .265 .341 .350 .259 13.5 -4.9 0.9
2014 SFN 30 146 444 393 51 102 18 6 5 147 41 77 3 1 6 38 16 5 .260 .333 .374 .272 19.7 0.4 2.2
Career681224419482455017226156702514341210231668229.257.344.344.26278.0-21.66.0

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2002 MCN A 132 570 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .346 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 MYR A+ 126 527 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .348 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MYR A+ 119 495 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .341 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MIS AA 123 486 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .342 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 MIS AA 66 302 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .362 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 RIC AAA 73 327 .287 .258 .323 .390 .255 .356 98 5.5 5.5 0.3 -6.5 1.9 14.1 0.7 14.1 0.7
2007 RIC AAA 124 545 .270 .261 .332 .393 .258 .328 94 3.3 9.2 0.7 4.7 1.4 17.9 2.2 17.9 2.2
2008 ATL MLB 144 519 .261 .262 .328 .410 .260 .321 97 0.8 15.0 -1.3 -7.2 4.3 17.7 1.1 17.7 1.1
2009 ATL MLB 24 48 .209 .251 .320 .400 .251 .235 97 -2.6 1.4 0 -0.0 -0.2 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1
2009 GWN AAA 90 397 .222 .262 .333 .394 .250 .276 106 -16.7 11.9 1 -8.1 4.9 2.3 -0.6 2.3 -0.6
2010 ATL MLB 36 66 .278 .253 .310 .394 .254 .419 96 1.2 1.8 0.1 -0.2 0.8 4.4 0.4 4.4 0.4
2010 KCA MLB 49 203 .248 .261 .324 .406 .255 .333 110 -2.4 5.6 0.3 -5.8 0.4 5.6 -0.0 5.6 -0.0
2010 GWN AAA 44 187 .266 .253 .324 .393 .247 .321 101 1.2 5.7 -0.6 -2.2 2.4 10.0 0.7 10.0 0.7
2011 OMA AAA 23 74 .256 .281 .360 .438 .266 .268 112 -0.3 2.3 -0.5 -0.5 0.1 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2011 SYR AAA 51 178 .251 .263 .333 .412 .261 .245 96 -1.9 5.5 -0.7 3.9 2.6 5.7 0.9 5.7 0.9
2012 SFN MLB 141 453 .265 .253 .315 .397 .258 .318 92 2.3 12.4 -2.9 -3.9 5.1 17.7 1.5 17.7 1.5
2012 LAG Wnt 17 80 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .431 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 SFN MLB 141 511 .259 .255 .317 .398 .260 .328 100 -0.5 13.4 -0.7 -4.9 0.2 13.5 0.9 13.5 0.9
2014 SFN MLB 146 444 .272 .249 .307 .378 .255 .311 98 4.8 11.4 -0.4 0.4 4.0 19.7 2.2 19.7 2.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2002 MCN A 570 87 127 14 9 7 36 85 120 40 16 .271 .389 .385 .113 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 MYR A+ 527 66 125 19 7 5 36 54 114 34 16 .271 .356 .375 .104 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MYR A+ 495 73 117 17 9 8 41 47 114 25 9 .269 .339 .405 .136 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MIS AA 486 64 101 11 12 6 37 73 124 28 12 .252 .364 .384 .132 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 RIC AAA 327 43 79 12 1 0 19 52 53 14 9 .294 .401 .346 .052 .287 14.1 -6.5 0.7
2006 MIS AA 302 45 72 16 3 0 9 43 57 17 6 .287 .391 .375 .088 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 RIC AAA 545 81 131 18 5 3 35 63 85 23 18 .282 .361 .362 .080 .270 17.9 4.7 2.2
2008 ATL MLB 519 52 108 14 4 1 38 74 99 13 5 .251 .366 .309 .058 .261 17.7 -7.2 1.1
2009 GWN AAA 397 54 76 9 1 2 30 50 70 10 3 .228 .325 .279 .051 .222 2.3 -8.1 -0.6
2009 ATL MLB 48 5 8 0 1 0 1 4 9 2 0 .186 .255 .233 .047 .209 -0.5 -0.0 -0.1
2010 ATL MLB 66 9 18 1 1 0 3 8 15 1 2 .310 .394 .362 .052 .278 4.4 -0.2 0.4
2010 GWN AAA 187 26 44 8 0 1 11 23 28 9 1 .286 .364 .357 .071 .266 10.0 -2.2 0.7
2010 KCA MLB 203 22 49 8 3 1 11 21 35 10 2 .274 .348 .369 .095 .248 5.6 -5.8 -0.0
2011 SYR AAA 178 28 29 7 2 3 10 27 35 15 1 .203 .335 .343 .140 .251 5.7 3.9 0.9
2011 OMA AAA 74 13 11 5 0 0 4 17 15 9 1 .196 .384 .286 .089 .256 2.2 -0.5 0.2
2012 SFN MLB 453 56 96 14 5 5 34 51 104 26 6 .244 .333 .344 .099 .265 17.7 -3.9 1.5
2012 LAG Wnt 80 20 23 1 1 1 4 10 18 4 2 .329 .412 .414 .086 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 SFN MLB 511 50 120 17 6 3 41 52 95 14 9 .265 .341 .350 .084 .259 13.5 -4.9 0.9
2014 SFN MLB 444 51 102 18 6 5 38 41 77 16 5 .260 .333 .374 .115 .272 19.7 0.4 2.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 2053 0.5275 0.4112 0.8624 0.6020 0.1969 0.9064 0.7120 0.1352
2009 200 0.5750 0.4550 0.8352 0.6261 0.2235 0.8750 0.6842 0.1648
2010 1072 0.5476 0.4030 0.8860 0.5486 0.2227 0.9348 0.7407 0.1140
2012 1777 0.5402 0.4434 0.8170 0.6021 0.2558 0.8893 0.6172 0.1830
2013 1927 0.5179 0.4478 0.8494 0.6333 0.2487 0.9241 0.6450 0.1495
2014 1733 0.5332 0.4550 0.8160 0.6645 0.2151 0.8762 0.6034 0.1815
Career87620.53260.43440.84340.61530.22760.90360.65940.1553

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-09-30 2013-09-30 DTD 0 0 Right Ankle Sprain High Ankle - -
2012-09-16 2012-09-18 DTD 2 2 Left Shoulder Inflammation - -
2011-07-25 2011-09-06 Minors 43 39 - Not Disclosed - -
2010-08-10 2010-08-12 DTD 2 2 General Medical Heat Illness Heat Exhaustion -
2008-08-18 2008-08-19 DTD 1 1 Right Ankle Bone Spur -
2007-07-24 2007-08-01 Minors 8 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 SFN $
2014 SFN $2,525,000
2013 SFN $1,350,000
2012 SFN $516,000
2008 ATL $390,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$2,256,000
2011Current$2,525,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$4,781,000
4 yrTotal$4,781,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 164 dOctagon1 year/$2.525M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.525M (2014). Re-signed by San Francisco 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.35M (2013). Re-signed by San Francisco 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.516M (2012). Signed by San Francisco as a free agent 1/18/12 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by San Francisco 4/4/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/11. Sent outright to Triple-A by Kansas City 3/30/11. Acquired by Washington in trade from Kansas City 5/8/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/24/10. Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Atlanta 7/31/10 (Royals paid Braves about $2M as part of the deal).
  • 1 year/$0.415M (2009). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/2/09.
  • 1 year/$0.39M (2008). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/29/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased 11/06. Signed 2/07.
  • Signed 7/00 as amateur free agent from Venezuela

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 392 51 90 15 3 3 30 50 76 19 6 .271 .363 .367 .276 17.5 LF -3 1.5
80o 376 47 84 14 3 3 27 47 74 17 5 .260 .349 .351 .266 13.0 LF -3 1.1
70o 364 45 79 13 3 3 26 44 73 16 5 .252 .339 .340 .258 10.0 LF -3 0.8
60o 354 43 75 12 3 3 25 42 72 15 5 .245 .331 .330 .252 7.5 LF -3 0.5
50o 345 41 72 12 3 3 23 40 71 15 4 .238 .323 .321 .246 5.3 LF -3 0.3
40o 336 39 67 11 2 3 22 37 70 14 4 .231 .315 .312 .240 3.2 LF -3 0.0
30o 326 37 63 10 2 2 21 35 68 13 4 .225 .307 .303 .234 1.1 LF -3 -0.2
20o 314 35 59 10 2 2 20 33 67 12 4 .217 .297 .291 .226 -1.2 LF -3 -0.4
10o 298 32 54 9 2 2 18 30 65 11 3 .206 .283 .276 .216 -4.1 LF -2 -0.7
Weighted Mean34741731233244071154.239.324.323.2475.7LF -30.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 40% 9% 20% 87%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201531250264781219315410.219.317.295.233-0.3-0.51.1-0.98.7-9.4-2.1
20163225026467121829559.217.311.287.229-0.6-3.41.0-0.913.7-17.1-2.1
2017333253360102223397211.213.309.281.227-0.8-5.01.1-1.314.9-19.8-2.7
2018343903971112228438512.212.301.279.222-1.2-7.91.1-1.614.9-22.3-3.3
201935609621122034457113916.215.308.292.228-1.2-5.61.2-2.714.9-19.1-5.1
20203647247871423345310611.212.301.280.223-1.4-8.90.6-2.214.9-22.2-3.9
202137617611111834436914312.207.297.272.218-1.9-12.40.5-3.014.9-24.8-5.1
202238603591061823417013910.204.297.267.218-2.0-13.10.3-3.114.9-25.3-5.0
20233960257105173240671418.201.291.258.211-2.4-17.00.2-3.214.9-28.9-5.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
22.216.112.59.10.910.160.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 73)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 85 Tony Gwynn 2013 .000 DNP
2 84 Nyjer Morgan 2011 .269
3 82 Alfredo Amezaga 2008 .239
4 81 Rajai Davis 2011 .222
5 80 Cory Sullivan 2010 .178
6 80 Reggie Willits 2011 .142
7 78 Mitch Maier 2012 .214
8 78 Willie Harris 2008 .269
9 77 Tike Redman 2007 .280
10 77 Marlon Byrd 2008 .282
11 77 Esteban German 2008 .227
12 76 Joey Gathright 2011 .522
13 76 Ramon Santiago 2010 .241
14 76 Jeremy Reed 2011 .012
15 75 Ryan Spilborghs 2010 .278
16 75 Kenny Lofton 1997 .293
17 75 Richie Ashburn 1957 .282
18 75 Willy Taveras 2012 .000 DNP
19 75 Michael Bourn 2013 .251
20 74 Lew Ford 2007 .246
21 74 Bubba Crosby 2007 .000 DNP
22 74 Antonio Perez 2010 .000 DNP
23 74 Gary Geiger 1967 .209
24 74 Coco Crisp 2010 .281
25 74 Jason Repko 2011 .204
26 74 Billy North 1978 .258
27 73 Len Dykstra 1993 .313
28 73 Elliott Maddox 1978 .274
29 73 Chris Denorfia 2011 .263
30 73 Joe Mather 2013 .000 DNP
31 73 Johnny Damon 2004 .282
32 73 Jim Landis 1964 .226
33 73 Franklin Gutierrez 2013 .289
34 73 Jason Ellison 2008 .200
35 73 Rob Johnson 2013 .209
36 73 Skip Schumaker 2010 .254
37 73 Chris Burke 2010 .000 DNP
38 72 Curt Flood 1968 .289
39 72 Lenny Green 1963 .267
40 72 Matt Tolbert 2012 .000 DNP
41 72 Mitch Webster 1989 .260
42 72 Jason Bourgeois 2012 .244
43 72 Reed Johnson 2007 .225
44 72 Ron Woods 1973 .259
45 72 Paul Janish 2013 .159
46 72 Cesar Tovar 1971 .285
47 72 Lonnie Smith 1986 .284
48 72 John Rodriguez 2008 .000 DNP
49 72 Angel Pagan 2012 .289
50 72 Brendan Ryan 2012 .228
51 72 Wally Moon 1960 .290
52 72 Roy White 1974 .281
53 72 Amos Otis 1977 .278
54 71 Clint Barmes 2009 .247
55 71 Matt Kata 2008 .000 DNP
56 71 Ron Roenicke 1987 .201
57 71 Marquis Grissom 1997 .247
58 71 Mike Edwards 2007 .000 DNP
59 71 Norris Hopper 2009 .000 DNP
60 71 Cesar Cedeno 1981 .275
61 71 Floyd Robinson 1966 .270
62 71 Eddie Milner 1985 .256
63 71 Ron Fairly 1969 .298
64 71 Manny Mota 1968 .277
65 71 Brendan Harris 2011 .000 DNP
66 71 Chone Figgins 2008 .246
67 71 Joe Cunningham 1962 .312
68 71 Darryl Hamilton 1995 .257
69 71 Shane Victorino 2011 .315
70 71 Shannon Stewart 2004 .283
71 71 Gene Richards 1984 .236
72 71 Brett Butler 1987 .298
73 71 Fred Lewis 2011 .242
74 70 Ryan Langerhans 2010 .275
75 70 Dale Mitchell 1952 .310
76 70 Matt Lawton 2002 .261
77 70 Frank Catalanotto 2004 .248
78 70 Rich Thompson 2009 .000 DNP
79 70 Ramon Vazquez 2007 .236
80 70 Jackie Brandt 1964 .252
81 70 Robb Quinlan 2007 .228
82 70 Terry Puhl 1987 .219
83 70 Chris Dickerson 2012 .347
84 70 Harvey Kuenn 1961 .253
85 70 Al Spangler 1964 .257
86 70 Steve Kemp 1985 .238
87 70 Jeff Salazar 2011 .000 DNP
88 70 Ron Calloway 2007 .000 DNP
89 70 Gene Woodling 1953 .324
90 70 Bob Skinner 1962 .316
91 70 Jeff Cirillo 2000 .263
92 70 Lee Mazzilli 1985 .293
93 70 Ben Zobrist 2011 .299
94 70 Jerry Mumphrey 1983 .288
95 70 Bobby Kielty 2007 .220
96 70 Dave May 1974 .225
97 70 John Baker 2011 .173
98 70 Luis Rivas 2010 .000 DNP
99 70 Brian McRae 1998 .292
100 70 Brayan Pena 2012 .207

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .243 .332 .328 .261
11 vs R (Multi) .264 .341 .352 .263
18 Split (Multi) .021 .009 .024 .002
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .246 .338 .311 .255
31 vs R (2013) .269 .341 .355 .263
38 Split (2013) .023 .003 .044 .008
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Like Arias, Blanco was signed as a minor-league free agent last winter. Blanco broke camp with the Giants and served as a near-everyday player by playing all three outfield positions. On June 13, he made one of the most memorable plays of the 2012 season: Playing right field, he helped preserve Matt Cain's perfect game with a diving catch in deepest right-center, AT&T Park's "Triples Alley." His bat doesn't fit the corner-outfield mold, where he'll get most of his playing time if Pagan is healthy, but he is a plus defender and an efficient base stealer. Blanco's best role for a contending team would be as a fourth outfielder.
2011 The 26-year-old Blanco barely played in Atlanta the past two seasons after a poor rookie showing in 2008, but the Royals gave him a shot after acquiring him in the Kyle Farnsworth/Rick Ankiel swap. Blanco is an outfielder who hits like a middle infielder. He is best-suited for the role of a fifth man who spends most of his time coming in for defensive purposes. Blanco can take a base on balls with ease, and his wheels let him leg out triples, but opposing outfielders could shift toward the infield against him like they do for the kids who can't hit in Little League, and they would be rewarded more often than not.
2010 After playing 144 games in 2008, Blanco lost the center-field job to Jordan Schafer in the spring, and was basically never heard from again other than a few starts in June, even after Schafer struggled. Blanco's year at Triple-A was exactly as expected—Blanco's good-but-not-great on-base skills represent the sum of his offensive value. By not even giving Blanco a call when rosters expanded in September, the Braves indicated that he's officially in purgatory.
2009 Blanco’s speed and patience make him a useful fourth outfielder. He’ll get on base, cover huge swaths of whichever part of the pasture he’s asked to roam, and he can be a weapon on the bases. However, his utter lack of power makes him problematic as a starter, particularly in a corner. That he returned to a part-time role over the final two months of last season suggests that the Braves have learned that lesson. He and Anderson are likely to share time in center field until Jordan Schafer’s arrival.
2008 Players such as Blanco, who have high walk and strikeout totals but no power, usually lose the walks and keep the strikeouts as they advance because pitchers at the higher levels are willing to challenge them. Blanco, however, has improved his contact rate over the past two years, which given his speed and on-base ability, makes him projectable as a fourth outfielder. With the Braves lacking an obvious center-field solution following Andruw Jones' departure, he could even slide in as the starter in 2008. He's better than Willie Harris.
2007 Blanco walks a great deal, having taken the free pass in 14.8 percent of his plate appearances across two levels in 2006. That`s the one distinctive element to his otherwise water-bug skill set--he slaps and skitters, getting squashed on the bases more often than you`d like. Most players of this type don`t pan out, but his patience could be the difference-maker.
2006 This Venezuelan speedster was held captive in High-A in 2003 and 2004, but when finally promoted to Double-A, he had trouble making contact and showed even less punch. Those triples, a product of his speed, inflate a rather anemic slugging percentage. The increased walk rate is nice, suggesting that he at least understands his role as a table-setter. Scouts seem to like his glove; managers called him the best defensive outfielder in the Carolina League in 2004. In a world where free-swinging Ryan Howard wins Rookie of the Year and fellow non-selectives Willy Taveras and Jeff Francoeur finish second and third in the ROY voting, he`s worth keeping an eye on as a more disciplined alternative.
2005 Blanco sports a plus glove in center, but his utter lack of power raises concerns that he'll be able to get around on pitches at higher levels. He's posted solid walk rates, but he struggled for the second straight season at High-A Myrtle Beach, even accounting for tough park and league effects. Given his youth, he's still a prospect, especially if he maximizes his already solid on-base skills.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)With Angel Pagan broken and Gregor Blanco going 0-for-2014, what realistic CF move can Sabean make at the deadline?
(drmorris75 from SF)
Center fielders aren't cheap at the deadline. I'd normally say Drew Stubbs but you'd have to buy high. But focus on someone who can play defense mostly and not embarrass themselves swinging a bat. (Matt Sussman)
2013-12-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi R.J., Do you see any possible non-tendered players to serve as a right-handed hitting platoon partner for Gregor Blanco?
(Cal Guy from Cali)
Assuming we're not doing anything crazy, like making Justin Turner change positions, then no I don't. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-11-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What moves do you see the Giants making to fill their outfield?
(baseballjunkie from SF)
Thanks for the question, baseballjunkie.

I don't expect the Giants to do anything fancy — in fact, it seems that Sabean is once again prioritizing retaining the players who contributed to the championship run. With Pence staying in right field, I think they'll do their best to re-sign Pagan, and perhaps simply add a better reserve outfielder than Xavier Nady to share time with Gregor Blanco in left. Blanco doesn't exactly fit the power-hitting left fielder profile, but he does a lot of other things well and could be an adequate, cheap starter. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-09-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you envision Xavier Nady making an impact for the gyros (knock on wood) we make the playoffs? Or is he just a filler
(Cain you suck my posey from SF)
I don't see Nady making a big impact, but he's better now than Francisco Peguero is, which is what the Giants need. I'd still rather see Gregor Blanco out there for his glove, but anyone who won't hack at sliders darting for their back foot is an upgrade at the moment. (Daniel Rathman)
2011-11-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)What other moves do you predict the Giants will make? Give me something.... Anything
(Tbirds from Seattle)
The Giants signed Gregor Blanco this morning. What, you want more? Starving children in San Diego have to make do with Mark Kotsay, and you're complaining? Finish your vegetables.

Are there any other lefty relievers out there they could sign? Does the sight of Ryan Ludwick excite you? (Ben Lindbergh)
2009-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, how do the Braves fix their absolute mess of an outfield, now and down the road?
(steveomd from Ohio)
Start by pulling the ol' switcheroo the next time the traveling secretary hands out plane tickets to Jeff Francoeur and Garret Anderson, maybe something along the lines of a flight to Tijuana via Nova Scotia.

I'd start with the assumption that McLouth should be playing a corner position (does he have the arm for right?), platoon Gregor Blanco and Omar Infante in center, at least until you're satisfied Schafer is ready, and try to find a lefty bat that can match with Matt Diaz in left. And look forward to the day when Jason Heyward is ready (two years?). (Jay Jaffe)
2009-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Joe -- What's the correct solution to the Jeff Francoeur situation? Stick with him? Send him to AAA? Try to trade him? If they went with option 2 or 3, who should they plug in to RF? They don't seem to have many options.
(Brent from Raleigh)
The correct solution is to play someone better. The Braves don't really have that option, however, so you stick with him until that someone comes along. I'd get Gregor Blanco back into the mix, myself, but then again, I would have had him as the everyday CF or LF to start the season.

If the Braves stay in contention, they will have to trade for a corner OF. There's just no other way. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)As a Braves fan, I'd like to know why the Braves don't realize that Gregor Blanco is a terrible starter.
(Disgruntled Braves Fan from ATL)
I wouldn't say TERRIBLE. With Kotsay out, who would you play? You don't have a lot of options. The problem right now, in my opinion, is that the Braves are starting an outfield that doesn't hit for very much power; but, what are their choices? At least, Blanco brings two above average skill sets to the table--on base % and speed. (Jon "Boog" Sciambi)
2008-05-05 12:30:00 (link to chat)What is your view of Gregor Blanco? I never really heard about him as a prospect despite good minor league numbers but he has really jumped on the scene this year with the Braves.
(Frank from Atlanta)
I mean, Blanco is what he is. It doesn't surprise me that in a sample size, he can come up to the Major Leagues and draw some walks and find some holes. With good pitch selection, runs like this shouldn't be that surprising. But as he regresses some, and with a .433 BABIP he'll be regressing for sure, you're going to see a guy with next-to-no power that hits singles and draws walks. You have to hit a lot of singles to be valuable like that, but there's worse bench guys out there. (Bryan Smith)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)I'm a Braves fan. Could you please explain why you think Mark Kotsay, at $2Million a year, and some possible talent from the minors, is better than about a hundred different guys you could find in the minors for nothing? Kotsay's a lousy ballplayer, and your organization, in particular, shouldn't be shy about pointing that out.
(rrentaurn from Boise)
I don't think I was, but I try to also see things as Frank Wren does in terms of understanding the possible upside. And like you, I don't believe it. Not that I had any faith in Josh Anderson, but Gregor Blanco has some value. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like in CF for the Braves to start the season? IF they decide to go with in house options how much are they putting thier playoff hopes in jeopardy?
(basicslop from Albuquerque)
There's no good out-of-house options left, although I suppose they're one team that could wait a month for Mike Cameron to return. Gregor Blanco is a pumped-up fourth outfielder who wouldn't totally kill them.
Josh Anderson is the wrong answer, I know that much. (Joe Sheehan)


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