2014 Draft Profile: Alex Blandino

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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

 

Picture Courtesy of stanfordphoto.webdamdb.com.

 



About

After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.