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Padres call up Kyle Blanks from Triple-A

May 5, 2014, 9:14 PM EDT

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Looking for a jolt for their non-existent offense, the Padres have called up first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks from Triple-A El Paso.

Blanks was off to a hot start in the minors this season, batting .265/.364/.651 with nine home runs and five doubles over 27 games. The 27-year-old made the start at first base tonight over Yonder Alonso, who is slashing a miserable .163/.193/.221 through 31 games this season. His .404 OPS is the lowest among hitters with at least 100 plate appearances.

Blanks hit .243 with a .684 OPS last season and owns a .712 OPS in the majors, so he’s far from a sure thing to be an upgrade, but the Padres are looking for a spark right now. They entered play tonight ranked last in the majors in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, and runs scored. Yikes.

  1. yahmule - May 5, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Might be interesting if they’re going to actually let him play first base instead of just careen around the outfield until he gets injured again.

  2. Tim's Neighbor - May 5, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Alonso needs a change of location. Just brutal.

    • smoothaswilkes - May 6, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      third time’s a charm?

      • Tim's Neighbor - May 6, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        It can’t get worse. That’s for sure.

  3. gloccamorra - May 6, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    I wonder if they asked Bud Black if he wanted Blanks? He started at first last night, struck out in his first two at bats, and was replaced by Alonso, who hit a double in the 12th inning and scored the winning run.

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