Kyle Blanks has one season under his belt.
Let me clarify: Kyle Blanks has played in parts of 5 seasons now with the Padres, in which injuries have limited his appearances to 197 games (as of this writing). He has 667 plate appearances, which is reasonably around what you would expect from an everyday Major Leaguer (Chase Headley averages 664 PA/yr. Remarkably, Carlos Quentin averages 638.). I figure now is as good of a time as any to analyze Kyle’s “first season” with the Padres.
Blanks has seams tattooed over his Tommy John Surgery scar. Photo courtesy Corey Brock
Checking out his traditional stats, Blanks has put up .232 AVG, 28 HR, 90 RBI with a .762 OPS/113 OPS+. He’s a 3.3 fWAR player who rates positively as both a baserunner and defender. That .762 OPS is a bit above average, but nothing that’s going to set the world on fire. Placing A Season Of Kyle Blanks on last year’s squad, that places him 5th on the team (between Will Venable and Yonder Alonso) in OPS. Okay, so a servi...