Former Cub Andres Blanco

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Former Cub Andres Blanco

Andres Blanco is making a go of it with Texas this year.

Since being acquired by the Rangers in March, the 26-year-old made his first Opening Day roster and has filled in primarily as a utility infielder for the first place Rangers.

Blanco’s biggest contribution is his glove. He’s shown terrific range up the middle despite committing 6 errors in 30 games started at three different positions: 2B, 3B & SS.

It’s his lack of offense, however, that continues to hamper his opportunity to become an everyday starter. Through 48 games he’s batting .238 with eight runs scored and six RBI.

The Cubs had little choice but to move Blanco this spring. Not only was he out of minor league options, but he also faced the much anticipated debut of Starlin Castro.

The move made sense at the time, but given the Cubs’ current state, a starting lineup filled with big league prospects, it would’ve been interesting to watch Blanco in a starting role during the final two months on the North Side.

To that, however, we’ll never know.


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