When a team is rebuilding, the most random players can come into at-bats just because they happen to be in the right place at the right time, and occasionally, you'll see one of them do something just as random with those at-bats. Such was the case for Andres Blanco last year, who got regular playing time between second and third base over the final month-plus and was surprisingly productive, compiling an .863 OPS over 233 at-bats thanks to an out-of-character batting average and never-before-seen pop. It's the kind of performance you should know better than to trust from a 31-year-old journeyman, and yet the versatility and possibility for more at-bats is nonetheless intriguing in NL-only play. If you draft him, do it late and with the understanding you may ultimately get nothing out of him.
Blanco signed a one-year contract with the Phillies on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration. Due to injuries and poor play from several Phillies' regulars, Blanco found his way into 216 plate appearances last season, and he made the most of the opportunity. The 31-year-old hit .292/.360/.502 with seven homers, earning time at or near the top of the order late in the season. He may compete for the starting shortstop job in spring training.
Phillies shortstop Andres Blanco celebrated the birth of his child with a pinch-hit double in his only at-bat Wednesday. His team celebrated with a win over the Mets. Blanco missed the game Tuesday for the personal event, but returned in time to get the hit Wednesday.
Phillies infielder Andres Blanco was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup, Stephen Gross of The Morning Call reports. Blanco was terrific Monday, recording three hits --- one of which was a home run ---- in six at-bats against the Nationals, but he will get the night off Tuesday in favor of Darnell Sweeney, who will take over at second base and hit sixth in the lineup.
Phillies infielder Andres Blanco will play shortstop and serve as the Phillies' leadoff hitter in Saturday's game against the Braves, Jake Kaplan of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Cesar Hernandez's season-ending thumb injury has paved the way for Blanco to see regular at-bats, as he'll pick up his fourth straight start Saturday. While it remains to be seen if he'll stick at the top of the order, Blanco's excellent .294 average and .360 on-base percentage this season suggest he can be a serviceable option in that role.
Phillies third baseman Andres Blanco doubled, tripled and drove in three runs in Tuesday's win over the Yankees. Blanco went 2 for 4 with a walk. He had his second straight three-RBI day. He now has seven doubles, one triple and nine RBI.