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12/24/1983 (33 y, 1 m, 26 d)
$0.2M / 1 Years (2017)
Blanco agreed to a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training. (1/17/2017)
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Gregor Blanco is a useful piece that came over to Kansas City when they offloaded Kyle Farnsworth and Rick Ankiel. His real-world baseball value doesn’t readily translate into fantasy value. His good strike-zone judgment enables him to get on base at a decent rate, but traditional 5x5 leagues are just going to see a poor average and a near-total lack of power. Blanco is pretty fast, and over a full season of play he might steal 20 bases or more. However, it isn’t clear if he will get the chance to do so for the Royals, since Blanco is, in many ways, the same player as Mitch Maier. Still, steals are at a premium in most 5x5 leagues, especially AL-only, so Blanco is worth having as a fifth outfielder or bench player in most leagues. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
There is no truth to the rumor that “Gregor Blanco” is Spanish for “Mitch Maier.”
Gregor Blanco is a useful platoon outfielder who may be pressed into more regular playing time by the Giants in 2013. His greatest asset is his superb outfield defense. The lefty put together a decent 2012 season at the plate -- not a lot of power, but he took advantage of the outfield gaps at home. He stole 26 bases in 32 attempts, but may yet be tough to play in fantasy because he doesn't bash righties, as you might expect from a lefty, and is likely to split time in left with Andres Torres. (Wendy Thurm/
While Blanco managed to cut down on the strikeouts and improve both his batting average and on-base percentage last season, his overall contribution to the fantasy realm was still a bit disappointing. Not that he's playing for his offensive output though. Blanco is much more known for his defensive ability and speed on the bases, although he swiped just 14 bags in 2013, a dozen fewer than the year before. Based on the Giants offseason moves, Blanco could be headed for more of a reserve role than that of a platooner, depending on how things pan out. He'll be the primary back-up to Angel Pagan in center and a best-case scenario would find him opening the year in a platoon with newly-signed Michael Morse in left. However, should Morse return to the power hitter he was prior to his wrist injury, Blanco could find himself more in the role of a late-game defensive replacement. And let's not forget the days that Buster Posey moves from out behind the plate to first base which could push Brandon Belt out into left as well. He's probably not someone to target outside of the deepest NL-only leagues, and even then, his contributions will be limited to how much playing time he really gets. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
As part of one of the lightest-hitting left field platoons in all of baseball, Blanco doesn't contribute much to the fantasy realm outside of stolen bases. His role in 2014 could diminish even more, based on the Giants offseason moves, so unless you're playing in a very deep NL-only league, consider him more of a short-term replacement with some speed upside.
Blanco is slated to be part of the Giants' left field solution with Nori Aoki, but even the prospect of him getting more than a half-season's work isn't all that exciting. The last time he got that much work in 2013 he hit .265 with 14 steals and three home runs. He did steal 16 last year in fewer plate appearances, so it's possible he could swipe 20 bags. But 20 steals as opposed to 15 appears to be the only upside he has in any category. He's certainly worth consideration in NL-only leagues, but he doesn't produce enough to be considered by mixed leaguers. (
The Quick Opinion:
Pagan is slated to be one of the primary left fielders for San Francisco, but his upside is pretty limited. A decent batting average and a little speed make him worth a look in NL-only leagues, but that's about it.
When Gregor Blanco was an everyday player, he was good for 15 steals, a .265 batting average, and no power -- undervalued in real baseball due to his solid defensive work and handy on-base skills. But he's pretty much a platoon player versus right handed pitching at this stage, so his value is extremely limited in fantasy baseball. Do better. (Michael Barr)
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