Tucson Padres Player Profile with Kyle Blanks
San Diego Padres fans may recall a 23-year-old prospect by the name of Kyle Blanks. Blanks burst on to the major league scene in 2009 and batted .250 with 22 runs batted in and 10 homeruns in 54 games with the San Diego Padres.
Then Blanks suffered a setback as an injury shortened his 2010 season to 44 professional games. Blanks underwent a reconstructive elbow surgery in 2010 and after rehabilitation; he started the 2011 baseball season in double-A San Antonio.
After a solid start in San Antonio this season, Blanks was called up to triple-A Tucson where he has been crushing Pacific Coast League pitching since early June.
In 28 games with the Tucson Padres this season, Blanks is hitting .378 with 11 homeruns and 31 RBI. Along with teammate Wade LeBlanc, Blanks was named PCL player of the week for the week of June 27- July 3. In those six games Blanks hit .520 with eight extra base hits and 15 RBI.