Andres Blanco, Infield, Philadelphia Phillies, #4
Date of Birth: 4/11/1984
Birthplace: Urama, Venezuela
Current Salary: $3,000,000
Andres Blanco, infielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, was first signed by the Kansas City Royals in 2000. He played in the Royals' minor league system from 2002 through 2007, joining the Royals for 19 games in 2004, 26 games in 2005, and 33 games in 2006. He also played in Venezuela in 2007.
In November, 2007, Blanco signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs. He spent the 2008 season in the minors. He joined the Cubs for 53 games in 2009. During that time, he had 31 hits and a .252 batting average.
Blanco was traded to the Texas Rangers in March, 2010. He played a career high 68 games with the Rangers in 2010 and he had 46 hits and a .277 batting average. Although he played well in his time with the Rangers in 2010, he spent most of the 2011 season in the minors, joining the Rangers for just 36 games.
In December, 2011, Blanco signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals. He never played, however, with the Nationals, spending 2012, his one season with them, in their minor league system.
Blanco signed with his fifth team, the Phillies, in March, 2012. He spent all of 2012 in the Phillies' minor league system and 2013 in the minors and in Venezuela. He joined the Phillies for just 25 games in 2014.
Blanco played primarily in the minor leagues from 2002 through 2014. During that time, he had a .252 batting average with 653 hits and 235 RBIs in 772 games. As a shortstop in 731 games, he made 2,092 assists, 462 double plays, 1,057 putouts, and 150 errors.
Blanco played in 106 games with the Phillies in 2015. He finished the season with 68 hits, 22 doubles, and a .292 batting average. Defensively, he played 1 game at first base, 22 games at second base, 36 games at third base, and 10 games at shortstop.
In 2016, Blanco batted .253 with 48 hits and 15 doubles in 90 games with the Phillies. Defensively, he played 19 games at first base, 20 games at second base, 21 games at third base, 10 games at shortstop, and 1 game in left field.
Blanco signed a new one-year, $3 million contract with the Phillies on December 14, 2016.
Career batting statistics for Blanco through 2016 include:
- 456 games played
- 280 hits
- 96 RBIs
- 168 strikeouts to 67 walks
- .264 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Blanco as an infielder through 2016 include:
- 20 games played at first base, 163 games played at second base, 82 games played at third base, 131 games played at shortstop
- 768 assists
- 182 double plays
- 444 putouts
- 39 errors