Back in the 2009 season, there was a very promising rookie in a San Diego Padres uniform by the name of Kyle Blanks. You might not have heard of him because he wasn’t allowed to simply burst onto the scene with a mostly full season like that of last year’s big rookie Mike Trout. Injuries got in the way. Still, he showed plenty of promise with 10 homers and 22 runs batted in while playing only 55 games.
Unfortunately, he only played 33 games in 2010 due to injury and 55 in 2011 due once again to injury. Last season he only worked in four games before a big injury sidelined him. Basically, this once promising prospect has really had tough run of bad luck in the health area. There is good news, though. First of all, he is healthy and currently in the Padres Spring Training camp fighting for a backup job. The other good news is that he is only 26 years old. He’s got plenty of youth left in him.
I think the main factor for Blanks to have a successful 2013 will be whether he can stay healthy and come off of the bench successfully for manager Bud Black. If he can do that as well as spell an outfielder here and there, even fill in at first base from time to time, it will give him a chance to show what he can do. It would be very ironic if he were able to make the team and then get a chance to show what he can do through someone else’s injury. Though no one wants anyone to get hurt, it would seemingly be karma righting a few wrongs for Blanks.