What to do about Kyle Blanks …
And so it’s started, the Kyle Blanks experiment. The Padres top Minor League prospect, from the lot of position players, has advanced from taking fly balls before a game to doing so during games.
Blanks played his first game in the outfield for Portland on Sunday, handling the only fly ball hit his way. We’re still not sure how often the Beavers will run Blanks, normally a first base, out to the outfield, but I imagine it will be a few times a week.
Unlike Chase Headley, the converted third baseman, Blanks didn’t get the benefit of getting a chance to work in the outfield in Spring Training like Headley did in 2008. Of course, the team had already decided Headley was moving at that point.
So what does this all mean? I’m wondering the same. The Padres need offense. Blanks can hit and has done so at every level.
But he’s 22 and hasn’t played a full season at the Triple-A level. What’s more important to you at this point? Getting him up here to San Diego, stick him in the outfield and see what you have or letting him develop?
I think for the betterment of Blanks and that of the team, in the long run, he needs to stay put in Portland. He’s by no means setting the league on its collective ear. There’s good pitchers in the Pacific Coast League, experienced pitchers. He needs to see that. More of that.
What are your thoughts?