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Call-Up Central: Kyle Blanks, San Diego Padres

Eric StashinSenior Writer IJune 19, 2009

SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 05:  Kyle Blanks #66 of the San Diego Padres bats against the Texas Rangers during the spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 5, 2009 in Surprise, Arizona. The Rangers defeated the Padres 4-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

According to Baseball America (click here for the post), the San Diego Padres have recalled 1B/OF Kyle Blanks. 

Blanks was hitting .283 with 12 HR and 38 RBI at Triple-A prior to his recall.  He had been a 1B, but he was transitioning to the outfield due to being blocked by Adrian Gonzalez at 1B.

He was the best prospect the Padres had, and it is unlikely he is being recalled to simply sit on the bench. 

This weekend the Padres are playing at home against Oakland, and I would think that he would see time in the outfield, though he may not start all three games. Next week, the team travels to Seattle and Texas, meaning six straight games with a DH and a certain spot in the lineup for him.

Blanks has a lot of potential offensively, having hit .325 with 20 HR and 107 RBI in Double-A last season. 

He had struggled for a period this season, but over his last 10 games he was hitting .424 with one HR and seven RBI. It’ll be interesting to see where he hits in the lineup, but he could potentially be the protection for Gonzalez that the team desperately needs.

I did a full write-up about Blanks back in May, so make sure you check it out by clicking here.

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If you are a fantasy owner in need of a bat, or an owner in a long-term keeper league, you should stash him away if possible. He has that much upside potential that he clearly is worth owning.

What does everyone think of him? Will he succeed or will he struggle? 

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