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School: Stanford; Class: Junior
Position: 3B; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-0; Weight: 190 pounds
Previously Drafted: Oakland A’s, 38th round, 2011
Background: Named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list as well as a variety of preseason All-America teams, Blandino was, surprisingly, largely disappointing with the bat in 2013.
Coming off of a solid showing as a freshman, .294/.371/.523, and an impressive debut in the Cape Cod League, .312/.401/.449, the young third baseman batted a demure .268/.340/.453 with 18 extra-base hits. He did, however, rediscover his stroke once he made his way back to the Cape last summer, hitting .308/.363/.454.
Up to this point he has carried that momentum into this season; he’s hitting .302/.392/.509 while setting career bests in his walk and strikeout rates.
Projection: The dreaded “Stanford Swing” aside, Blandino looks like a potential above-average everyday player in the making. He has a pretty good idea at the plate – strong contact skills with a decent eye – to go along with some sneaky power.
The problem, however, is that there’s no true standout tool. Solid across the board, yes, but nothing that screams can’t miss.
Ceiling: 3.0- to 3.5-win player
Floor: 1.0- to 1.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Draft Projection: Second Round
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