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Joe Blanton
Birthdate: 12/11/1980 (36 y, 3 m, 17 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/240     Position: P
Drafted: 2002 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 24, Overall: 24, Team: Oakland Athletics
Contract: $4M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Blanton tossed a perfect inning and struck out one in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. (3/11/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: While his 2016 season will forever be defined by two of his appearances in the National League Championship Series, Blanton had a remarkable campaign. Some thought maybe he couldn't keep it up from the previous year when he pitched in Kansas City and Pittsburgh, but he did just that. Blanton was thrust into a late-inning role with the Dodgers and, while he didn't garner many save opportunities, he did pitch in some high-leverage situations with good results. He was in the Top 20 in batting average against and logged the sixth-most innings of any reliever in baseball. He established a career-best swinging strike rate (14.2 percent), but he also had a career-high in fly ball percentage (45.6 percent). A terrific regular season was marred by an ugly 7.87 ERA in eight postseason innings. Blanton could be a second-division closer, but he fits better in the same role he played in 2016 or as a multiple-inning reliever with the ability to miss plenty of bats. (Dustin Nosler)

The Quick Opinion: Blanton had a second consecutive season of success out of the bullpen, and he figures to be in that role for the rest of his career. He discovered success by leaning on his slider a lot the last two seasons. But he also has a solid enough fastball that helped him miss a higher rate of bats than at any time in his career.

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Joe Blanton Pitch% vs All Batters
Season: 2016-04-06 to 2016-10-02 | Count: All Counts | Total Pitches: 1262 | View: Pitcher
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