Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Blanks will get fly balls in the outfield

Apparently Kevin Towers has become a full fledged fan of young first baseman Kyle Blanks. So much so, that he talked to Grady Fuson, the Padres' Director of Scouting and Player Development about getting Blanks some work in the outfield but only in pre-game workouts.

Padres' GM Kevin Towers: “We're not going to stick him in the outfield. We may hit him some fly balls in pregame, see how he does.”

This comes on the heels of Adrian Gonzalez getting ready to return to the team after Team Mexico was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic, meaning Blanks will see limited playing time.

I'm all for this move, if you can get Kyle Blanks and Adrian Gonzalez in the same lineup, it gives this offense a definite boost. Don't expect young Blanks to start the year in San Diego, Towers has already said that he'll be in Portland to start 2009, but if he impresses coaches during his workouts in the outfield, don't be surprised if it's not long before he gets the call up.

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