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26 May

Gregor Blanco

Gregor Blanco Statistics and History –

He is what he is, a player with some real strengths that are outweighed by real, and major, weaknesses. Blanco can do basically three things: he walks, he runs the bases, and he catches the ball. However, the walks are washed out by Blanco’s high strikeout rate, which prevents him from hitting for a high enough average to have a really strong on-base percentage, and his complete lack of power makes him unusable as an everyday player. Because he throws poorly, the Braves are somewhat reluctant to use him in center, even though it’s really not that big of a deal. Therefore, he’s basically limited to pinch-running and being a defensive replacement in left field, which is exactly the role he played last night in his 2010 debut, running for Hinske and stealing second base, then staying in the game in Hinske’s place in left.

Blanco played most of the time in 2008, splitting time between left and center and more than adequately displaying his gifts (a .366 OBP and 13 stolen bases) and flaws (a .251 BA and .309 SLG, only one homer). Last season was a complete disaster, as he hit only .186 in 48 major league PA and a minor league career-low .228 in Gwinnett. This season, he’s hit .294 (which would be a career high) and posted a .392 OBP, though the slugging percentage is still only .375. He’s also eight for nine in stolen bases.

Blanco’s basically a fifth outfielder, which hasn’t worked too well in recent seasons as the Braves have carried only four outfielders. However, the move of Hinske to left suddenly means that Melky’s the fourth outfielder, which makes Blanco fifth. He’s well suited to the role. As the Braves middle-of-the-order hitters (Chipper, McCann, Glaus, and Hinske) are all painfully slow, there’s a good opportunity for him to serve as a pinch-runner. A use like last night, running late in the game for Hinske (or for Glaus with Hinske moving to first) could add a few runs around the edges for a team that often seems to lose a lot of runs due to poor tactical performance. He can also bunt, if Bobby’s determined to use his limited number of bench players that way.

143 Responses to “Gregor Blanco”

  1. 1
    P. W. Hjort Says:

    Keytar player for The Blanco Stripes.

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    jj3bagger Says:

    I hate Bobby’s bullpen management most of the time, but I will say last night the problem was not bringing in Chavez. The problem was bringing in Chavez for the second inning. I have no problem using Chavez down one run in the 7th, but after that was done, Moylan should have been brought in to pitch the 8th, and give the team a better shot to win it in the 9th. Most certainly after Chavez struggled in the 8th, Moylan should have been brought in instead of ‘The Lisp.’

  3. 3
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Don’t Bring Firearms, Knives or iPads To Yankee Stadium – The Consumerist.

  4. 4
    Johnny Says:

    U.S. World Cup team announced today.

  5. 5
    csg Says:

    I think we should sign Smoltz and get him ready to join the pen in a month. Forget about Chavez and Resop, get another 40yr old RH down there

  6. 6
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Sickels on Cody Johnson today:

    I got a lot of crap from Braves fans for giving Cody Johnson just a Grade C+ in the book this year, and even that grade I felt was rather generous. His power potential is outstanding, but his lack of offensive polish and a very high strikeout rate are red flags for me. Playing for Double-A Mississippi this year, Johnson has hit 10 homers in 43 games, with an overall line of .245/.321/.496, with 15 walks and 60 strikeouts in 139 at-bats. He’s played 43 games, and any time someone’s strikeout rate exceeds once per game by such a large margin, I get nervous. Johnson also has an especially large platoon split. He kills right-handers at a .287/.336/.602 clip, but is helpless against lefties at .097/.275/.129, striking out in more than half his at-bats. The outlook for his future remains the same: he’s only 21 and still has time to adjust, but what I wrote in the book remains valid “exceptional power potential but a high risk of failure.”

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    spike (back in the USA) Says:

    Anybody know what’s going on with our Salcedo?

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    braves14 Says:

    Blanco was a legitimately useful player for us in 2008. Unfortunately for us, we were so bad that year that he ended up being pretty much an everyday player.

    5 — I agree.

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    P. W. Hjort Says:

    He’s playing in the DSL for one month starting in three days then he’s coming to the states on July 1. I don’t know which affiliate he’ll be headed to once he’s here, my guess is Rome or Danville.

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    Mac Thomason Says:

    Insane quote from the Steinbrenner book: “Torre came under heavy media criticism for… waiting too long to get hot-hitting rookie Melky Cabrera’s youthful energy into the lineup.”

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    Robert Says:

    All these pitchers and there is still room for a pinch runner.

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    Kevin Frace Says:

    Assuming the Toronto organization possesses a realistic outlook (considering they’re competing with New York, Boston and Tampa Bay), can anyone offer a guess as to who they might want in return for Vernon Wells? I believe he would be a nice fit (right-handed power bat) with the Braves.

  13. 13
    ububba Says:

    They’ll take a package of duct tape if someone will relieve them of his ridiculous contract.

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    spike Says:

    @12 Dude – do you have any idea what Vernon Wells is owed?

    10:$12.5M,11:$23M, 12:$21M, 13:$21M, 14:$21M

  15. 15
    jorgbacca Says:

    Any word on the starting lineup for tonight?

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    jorgbacca Says:

    Looks like 1 Martin 2 Heyward 3 Chipper 4 Glaus 5 McCann 6 Escobar 7 Melky 8 Nate 9 Hanson according to Gameday.

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    CourtneyC Says:


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    CourtneyC Says:

    I am a huge Bobby supporter, but anymore bullpen tomfoolery like last night, and I am jumping the fence.

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    joelk Says:

    Any word on when this game may start?

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    Stu Says:

    Prado is a very good hitter, but I wish he were a little more selective. He just hacked his way out of a walk.

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    braves14 Says:

    It just started.

  22. 22
    braves14 Says:

    Doug Eddings hates Atlanta.

  23. 23
    Stu Says:

    I thought, if anything, he was squeezing Robertson.

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    braves14 Says:

    Hanley is pretty good.

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    Stu Says:

    I don’t think Hanson has hit McCann’s target once, so far.

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    Robert Says:

    Ah the wildness and the weird pitch selection. You knew it was coming.

  27. 27
    Robert Says:

    Good Lord, a 3-1 breaking ball after digging a 2-0 hole with breaking balls. McCann frustrates the hell out of me when he’s calling Hanson.

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    Stu Says:

    This is ugly.

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    braves14 Says:

    What’s going on with Tommy?

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    Robert Says:

    Get ahead 0-2 by being aggressive, then start nibbling and let the hitter back into the at bat. We see this every time out and it drives me crazy. And of course it drives Tommy pitch count up. A guy with Tommy stuff does not need to nibble.

  31. 31
    braves14 Says:

    Other than that last batter, it looked like he couldn’t throw strikes, period.

  32. 32
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Chip: “No disrespect to Melky Cabrera…”

    Why the hell not?

  33. 33
    braves14 Says:

    I wish Bobby would play Infante in LF instead of Melky against lefties.

  34. 34
    braves14 Says:

    McLouth sucks.

  35. 35
    oldtimer? Says:

    What the hell is wrong with Hanson.
    This is one bad stretch for him.

  36. 36
    Mac Thomason Says:

    I think Hanson’s having problems with his release point.

  37. 37
    sdp Says:

    Heyward stole Hanson’s moxie.

    McLouth’s contract situation: 11:$6.5M, 12:$10.65M club option ($1.25M buyout)

  38. 38
    braves14 Says:

    That helps.

  39. 39
    Robert Says:

    A curveball with the pitcher squaring around. Awesome.

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    braves14 Says:

    What is the problem here, Brian?

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    Jeremy Says:

    What a terrible throw.

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    c. shorter Says:


  43. 43
    c. shorter Says:

    That works.

  44. 44
    braves14 Says:

    It’s pretty hard for a catcher to have 5 errors before the end of May.

  45. 45
    braves14 Says:

    Chip is such an idiot.

    That foul pop-up would have never happened if Chipper was still alive.

  46. 46
    Mac Thomason Says:

    GASP! Brian just violated the unwritten rules of baseball that Bob Brenly made up!

  47. 47
    braves14 Says:

    I miss Yunel. Surprisingly, he has 16 walks to 12 Ks.

  48. 48
    Jeremy Says:

    The offense is still hibernating.

  49. 49
    braves14 Says:

    Yunel’s BABIP is .196.

  50. 50
    Jeremy Says:

    In the words of Buzz Bissinger, these Marlins announcers are complete douche juices.

  51. 51
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Trivia guess: Renteria.

  52. 52
    braves14 Says:

    What was the question? I missed it.

    Hanson has settled down well. It would be nice if the offense started to hit.

  53. 53
    Kyle B. Says:

    Is it an unwritten-unwritten-rule that you CAN break up a no-hitter with a bunt when there is a shift on?

  54. 54
    Jeremy Says:

    Nice AB, Tommy.

  55. 55
    Mac Thomason Says:

    The question was who the Marlins’ all-time hit leader against the Braves is. They apparently aren’t going to ever give the answer, though.

  56. 56
    c. shorter Says:

    It takes our pitcher to get a runner home from 3rd with less than 2 out. Well done!

  57. 57
    Jeremy Says:

    I’ll guess Conine.

  58. 58
    Brian J. Says:

    Worst hitter on the team, possibly the worst in the league, and he does something our other actual hitters can’t do half the time.

  59. 59
    sdp Says:

    If Chip calls Hanson ‘Big Red’ one more time…

  60. 60
    braves14 Says:

    My guess would have been Conine also. Maybe Commando Cody.

  61. 61
    braves14 Says:

    Walking the pitcher to lead off is not a good idea.

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    mr.swings@everything Says:

    Wow, all four of those pitches to Robertson were strikes according to the MLB game tracker.

  63. 63
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Gametracker was wrong.

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    td Says:

    Gametracker was definitely wrong. Weird game for Hanson, he either can’t find the plate for batters like the pitcher or he’s throwing mostly strikes. Of course that last strike was right accross the heart of the plate.

  65. 65
    td Says:

    This may work out, but after walking 5 batters, an intentional walk to load the bases makes no sense to me.

  66. 66
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Look, for how much we’re paying Snitker, he shouldn’t be moonlighting as the Marlins’ third base coach as well.

  67. 67
    Jeremy Says:

    What a terrible decision by the Marlins third base coach. The runner was a step shy of third when Melky got to the ball.

  68. 68
    braves14 Says:

    Melky has actually been one of our best players tonight, how sad is that?

  69. 69
    td Says:

    Wow! Getting out of that with only one run was a miracle.

  70. 70
    Jeremy Says:

    Wow. It’s tough to watch Chipper right now.

  71. 71
    braves14 Says:

    I hate it when we make guys like Nate Robertson look like Tom Glavine.

  72. 72
    Stu Says:

    Well…theoretically, that extra $14 million could really be useful next offseason.

  73. 73
    sdp Says:

    You could tattoo a map of the USA on Joe West’s neck. Also, his ejection move sucks.

  74. 74
    Mac Thomason Says:

    There’s Melky with that youthful energy again.

  75. 75
    Mac Thomason Says:

    This Ford commercial tickles me. It’s not often that a major corporation touts their involvement in car theft.

  76. 76
    mr.swings@everything Says:

    I’ll live with 6IP and 2RA on a bad night.

  77. 77
    Stu Says:

    I would pinch-hit Ross here.

  78. 78
    csg Says:

    so who do we have more faith in now, Yunel or Chipper. Unfortunately, Im about ready to see Infante over one of them

  79. 79
    csg Says:

    deep fly ball, deep fly ball

  80. 80
    c. shorter Says:

    Is Bobby allowed to bring up a lefty in this situation?

  81. 81
    csg Says:

    thatll work, cmon Prado

  82. 82
    braves14 Says:

    If we don’t score here, we’re going to lose.

  83. 83
    Trace Says:

    So glad Norton is no longer on this team.

  84. 84
    csg Says:

    this has the same feel as last night

  85. 85
    mr.swings@everything Says:

    Is this one of the guys we sent to Oakland in the Hudson deal?

  86. 86
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Yup. Turns out Dan Meyer’s middle name is “Livingston”. Since Jonathan Livingston Seagull is Schuerholz’s favorite book, I’m surprised he traded Meyer.

  87. 87
    csg Says:

    Meyer was

  88. 88
    Stu Says:

    Great job, Martin. Come on, Bad Henry County. (If I were Fredi, I would walk Heyward to get to Chipper.)

  89. 89
    csg Says:

    good job Martin

  90. 90
    Mac Thomason Says:

    In the future, everyone on the Marlins will be named Sanchez.

  91. 91
    csg Says:

    hey Chipper, your turn

  92. 92
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Okay, bases loaded, two out, Zombie Chipper at the plate. Again. Well, the only thing ZC can do anymore is walk.

  93. 93
    mr.swings@everything Says:

    Watch out Jason, you don’t want to anger Chip.

  94. 94
    Jeremy Says:

    Sanches. That’s an odd spelling.

  95. 95
    csg Says:

    ill take a walk chip

  96. 96
    csg Says:

    best we could hope for

  97. 97
    mr.swings@everything Says:


  98. 98
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Well, you can tell Fredi’s a Bobby disciple.

  99. 99
    sdp Says:

    Thanks, Marlins!

  100. 100
    mr.swings@everything Says:

    Troy, buddy, that was positively Francoeurian. How do you swing at the first pitch when the guy just walked in a run?

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    csg Says:

    this is where Ross ended our chances last night, hope Glaus can return the favor

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    csg Says:


  103. 103
    mr.swings@everything Says:

    Glaus with the 2 out RBIZZZZZ.

  104. 104
    ububba Says:

    Nice work, Troy.

    And let’s win this damn game.

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    sdp Says:


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    braves14 Says:

    Hey, runs!

  107. 107
    csg Says:

    wow, 2 out magic

  108. 108
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Seriously, did Bobby and Fredi get together before the series and agree to mismanage their bullpens?

  109. 109
    csg Says:

    why does Ross run for McCann??

  110. 110
    csg Says:

    how about Glaus slide there!

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    sdp Says:

    Don’t give this game to Chavez…

  112. 112
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Snitkered… but the Marlins botched the play.

    Don’t worry, now that we’re up five, it’s Moylan Time!

  113. 113
    csg Says:

    good job by Melky telling Glaus where to slide also

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    ububba Says:

    Wow, frustrating game turns into a bit of an ass-whipping.

    Let’s hold ’em & get a drink on Ocean Drive.

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    oldtimer? Says:

    That inning felt good.

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    csg Says:

    maybe this will wake up both Yunel and Melky a bit

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    Hanan Says:

    Yeh….Glaus was dead there, but Coglan’s off line change up to the plate bailed him out.

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    Andrew B Says:

    melky has been useful today, couple of hits, scored the first run, threw a guy out at home

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    Mark Says:

    And Tommy will be in line for the W. Good rebound game.

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    RobBroad4th Says:

    Cox is getting his regulars a lot of rest. It’s May for crying out loud.

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    braves14 Says:

    I don’t have a problem with taking some guys out with a 5 run lead here. That’s not to say I cared much for the Sunday lineup against the Pirates. But it’s a long season.

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    Mac Thomason Says:

    Hinske for Glaus made a lot of sense, as Glaus was limping around, plus as I never tire of pointing out Hinske is a better first baseman than Glaus, plus plus Hinske’s spot is due up second in the inning. Ross for McCann is also a good idea, just getting three innings off will help Brian’s knees.

  123. 123
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Glaus still looked out at the plate to me. But hey, I’ll take it.

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    braves14 Says:

    McLouth has a BABIP of .247 and a LD percentage of 14.9 that’s not terribly low.

  125. 125
    Hanan Says:

    Phillies getting shut out by the Mets again tonight.

  126. 126
    mr.swings@everything Says:

    Damn you Moylan! We’re trying to overwork you then you go and get out of the inning in 6 pitches. Pitch the next inning too!

  127. 127
    csg Says:

    Phillies have only scored in 1 of their last 35 innings, according to Joe. I dont care to look it up

  128. 128
    putter Says:

    So after watching the bullpen management of the last two nights I have to wonder if Bobby has accepted a job with the Marlins organization that begins next year….

  129. 129
    mr.swings@everything Says:

    Oh wow…did Don just get in a dig at Chip?

  130. 130
    Douglass Says:

    mr.swings, what did Sutton say?

  131. 131
    JC Says:

    I know we’ve beaten this to death, but if I was sitting next to Chip I would have to say, “I’m sorry, could you please be quiet? I’m trying to enjoy the game.” My six-year-old daughter provides more interesting commentary. I’m not exaggerating. I’m pretty much to the point where I have to mute the game while he’s talking. How does Fox tolerate this?

  132. 132
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Boy, it’s a good thing that the back of the bullpen is rested today, huh?

    JC, obviously nobody at Fox listens to Braves games.

  133. 133
    mr.swings@everything Says:

    The fill in guy (I actually like him but I can’t think of his name…Mike something) asked Don what he thinks about some people’s theory that a closer shouldn’t be used in a non save situation because he won’t have his adrenaline working, etc. Don said that those guys that say that are more interested in being quoted in the papers than anything else and then something about not knowing a jock strap from a (some other thing(I was laughing really hard at this point so I missed the last bit)).

  134. 134
    Douglass Says:

    I miss Boog.

  135. 135
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Eddings is the only guy in MLB who’s calling the effing rulebook strikezone and Chip is criticizing him for it.

  136. 136
    RobBroad4th Says:

    134, Me too.

  137. 137
    csg Says:


    While looking at potential ways to improve their rotation, the Braves are also keeping close tabs on Mike Minor, who has notched 47 strikeouts and issued 10 walks while working 29 innings in his past five starts for Double-A Mississippi.

    With just 13 career professional starts under his belt, Minor may need a little more development at the Minor League level. But the 22-year-old left-hander, who was the seventh overall selection in last year’s First-Year Player Draft, has led some members of the Braves’ organization to believe he is close to being Major League-ready…..

    He also said that Resop could be promoted very soon to replace Kenshin or Medlen. Medlen may be too valuable out of the pen

  138. 138
    mr.swings@everything Says:

    Sciambi took a promotion. This is the same organization that tried to hide it’s association with Skip and Pete by sticking them on the radio after umpteen years and then hired Chip after one of the most derided announcing performances in sports history. Why would a quality guy like Boog want to be associated with that?

  139. 139
    mr.swings@everything Says:

    If we had an absolute genius of a manager that understands high leverage situations I might buy that Medlen could be more useful out of the pen. Since that isn’t the case, it’s going to be a tough sell that I guy will be more valuable pitching 1 inning than he would pitching 5 or 6.

  140. 140
    DWonder Says:

    how many more games like this from Yunel before we can deal him?

  141. 141
    Douglass Says:

    I realize that. I was just saying, I miss Boog. He was everything that Chip is not. He really enhanced Joe’s better half, while Chip often brings out the worst in Joe.

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    braves14 Says:

    They had better not replace Medlen with Resop in the rotation.

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    Mac Thomason Says:


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