Kyle Blanks, on his way to PETCO Park …

Here’s the story I’ve been working on since early this morning (two cups of coffee in already) on top prospect Kyle Blanks, who will be at PETCO Park tonight for the start of a three-game set against the Oakland A’s.

We’ll have the story up at in a bit, but here’s a sneak preview. As always, stop by the our Twitter for all the latest Padres news.

SAN DIEGO – Kyle Blanks, considered the Padres top prospect, is on his way to PETCO Park.

Blanks, a first baseman and outfielder with Triple-A Portland, is expected to have his contract purchased by the Padres on Friday when he will be added to the 40-man roster.

The left-handed heavy Padres open a three-game series against the Oakland A’s on Friday and will be facing three left-handed starting pitchers in the series. The Padres are hitting .215 as a team against left-handers this season.

Blanks, the Padres 2008 Minor League Player of the Year and Texas League Player of the Year, is a right-handed hitter and was hitting .283 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs for Portland.

Blanks, in his first season at the Triple-A level, has a .393 on-base percentage and is hitting .370 in June. He hit his 12th home run of the season on Thursday for the Beavers.

Blanks has mostly played first base this season but has made 15 starts in left field. The decision to have him take fly balls in the outfield in Portland was made late in Spring Training as Kevin Towers, the general manager of the Padres, wanted to see if Blanks took to the position after he arrived in Portland.

All-Star and Gold Glove winner Adrian Gonzalez currently plays first base for the Padres and Towers has said he’s not on the trading block.

The move wasn’t unlike the one Chase Headley made a year ago, when the third baseman was moved to the outfield. Headley, though, had the benefit of Spring Training in 2008 to learn the position before he was recalled from Portland by the Padres in June.

Several current members of the Padres who have played with Blanks this season say that the 6-foot-6, 285 pound Blanks held his own in the outfield, broke well on balls, both in front of him and behind him. Many said Blanks athleticism made learning a new position easier.

Scoring runs has been a struggle for the Padres of late, scoring one run over 29 innings during a stretch that ended on Wednesday.


Is there any talk on who is getting shipped out of SD today for Blanks?

Josh Wilson is obviously gone when Cabrera comes up today, but one of our outfielders has to go to make room for Blanks.

please tell me giles is done.

Happy for Blanks and hope he can add some much needed pop in our lineup that has been sorely missing since Scottie went down. I cant imagine Giles makes it into this series. He had ample opportunity to get his swing back but he might be dealing with too much off the field to ever get it together this season. Blanks goes to LF then are we moving Headley to RF? eeeeek. I wonder that since Kouz has come alive a little bit if there’s a deal being worked on.

Blanks will get his first bomb this series

I think of headley as a better piece than kouz just because he gets on base and has way more upside and potential than kouz. Kouz swings at 2-0 pitches and 3-1 pitches too often. Kouz never gets on base unless he hits. In tight situations, Kouz will swing away instead of working the count and getting on. He sure has good defense though! Hopefully Giles is going down into the minors to get his bat back. We ought to lay the law down either find a team that will trade for him or put him down in the minors until he figures out his bat.

This is soooo exciting!! I can’t wait to see what he will do with us. Cliff Floyd is going back on the DL (what fer?) and Wilson is definitley gone. It’s going to be great to have Everth back. He’s got some talent, and hopefully he can stay healthy for the rest of the season. I really hope this is a move of improvement rather than throwing in the towel. Seems like it is. GO BLANKS AND GO PADRES!!!

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