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Alex Blandino

Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds
Alex Blandino
Name: Alessandre Blandino
Born: Nov 6, 1992 in San Jose, CA
High School: St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif.
College: Stanford
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 190 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (29th overall) by the Cincinnati Reds in 2014 (signed for $1,788,000)
Blandino burst on the scene as a freshman, hitting eight home runs despite starting just 29 games. He has yet to match that total in the two ensuing seasons but has hit enough to be one of the top college bats in the class. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has a strong track record hitting with wood, batting .310 with five home runs in 268 at-bats in the Cape Cod League the last two summers, often playing shortstop for Yarmouth-Dennis. He's struggled a bit more with Stanford, especially as a junior where he's been pitched around in a below-average lineup. He's a career .282 hitter heading into the home stretch of his college career, despite having looseness in his swing, good bat speed and quick wrists. He does a good job staying inside the ball but at times sells out trying to generate home run power. Blandino projects more as a fringe-average or average power hitter rather than a true bopper, so a move to second base fits better than third. He's an average defender with good hands and an average arm, and if his bat doesn't develop he may be athletic enough to be a utility infielder, playing all three spots. He's a below-average runner. Blandino's laid-back demeanor may suit the grind of pro ball better than the short college season.
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