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San Francisco Giants Player Review: Gregor Blanco

November 26th, 2012 at 3:34 PM
By Michael Almonte

San Francisco Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco proved to be an important player in 2012, adding speed and a golden glove, providing some memorable moments throughout the season.

'Gregor Blanco' photo (c) 2012, Bay Area Bias - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
 

After the Giants signed Blanco last offseason to a minor-league contract, he proved in Spring Training he was worth the signing. He batted .333 in 27 games connecting with 26 hits and stealing 13 bases making the Opening Day roster.

He utilized his talents with the team, displaying a great month of May batting .315 smacking 29 hits, scoring 20 runs, six doubles, two triples, one homer, seven RBI's, 18 walks and five stolen bases in 26 games. He produced a .427 on-base percentage and .457 slugging percentage reaching a .884 OPS.

Blanco recorded 26 multi-hit games and seven three-hit games showing off his power with the bat. Defensively, Giants fans will always remember his incredible diving catch back on June 13 helping Matt Cain preserve his perfect game. He started 25 games in left field, 14 in center field and 50 in right field committing just two errors. Blanco struggled with the bat in June and July before coming alive in August. His playing time increased after Melky Cabrera was suspended 50 games back on August 15. 

'Gregor Blanco' photo (c) 2012, Bay Area Bias - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
 

Blanco finished the season with a .244 batting average, hammering out 96 hits, scoring 56 runs, 14 doubles, five triples, five homers, 34 RBI's, 51 walks and 26 stolen bases in 141 games. He managed a .333 on-base percentage and .344 slugging percentage totaling a .676 OPS.

Blanco was effective in the postseason, batting .235 drilling 12 hits, scoring 10 runs, two doubles, two triples, one homer and five RBI's in 16 games. He finished the postseason with a .339 on-base percentage and .412 slugging percentage equaling a .751 OPS. Blanco became the first Giants player to record two triples in one postseason and produced two multi-hit games.

'Grego Blanco can catch everything' photo (c) 2012, randychiu - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

He made just one error in the postseason, making some unbelievable plays, proving to be a prominent player for the Giants all season long. Most people didn't expect much from the lefty, who earned his way onto the field with his play and hustle. Anytime Giants fans remember and reminiscent about that perfect night in June, replays of Blanco's terrific catch will always be replayed capping off another magical moment in 2012. Blanco has cemented his place in Giants history with that one catch endearing himself to the orange and black for life. 

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Tags: Baseball, Gregor Blanco, Matt Cain, MLB, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants

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