Blanco will be graded the same way Arias is being graded.
No one expected Blanco to make a big impact in 2012. Melky Cabrera, Angel Pagan and Nate Schierholtz started in the outfield, and Nate Schierholtz, Aubrey Huff, Justin Christian, Brett Pill and Brandon Belt got some time in the outfield. However, Blanco worked his way into the rotation and then the starting lineup.
The speedy outfielder is hitting .252, but with a .337 on-base percentage. Blanco is usually patient, as he has 30 walks. However, he sometimes chases bad pitches when runners are in scoring position, because he is eager to drive them in.
On defense, Blanco is amazing. He lays out to catch balls and he uses his speed to get to a ball quickly and throw a runner out, or hold them at a base. During Cain's perfect game, Blanco laid out and made a diving catch to save Cain's perfecto.
Blanco knows how to get on base, and he is a threat on the base paths. Blanco has 15 stolen bases, and he has only been caught three times. Overall, Blanco is a great player, and he broke out of his shell to make a big impact. He has even hit four home runs and drove in 21 runs.
That's why he deserves a good grade.