- Full name Dairon Blanco
- Born 04/26/1993 in Florida, Cuba
- Profile Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 170 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- Debut 05/20/2022
Organization Prospect Rankings
Track Record: Blanco was regarded as Cuba's fastest player when he defected to the Dominican Republic. He came to terms with the Athletics in December 2017. Because of a two-year layoff from game action, Blanco began his U.S. career at high Class A Stockton in 2018 even though he turned 25 in April.
Scouting Report: Blanco started slowly in the California League but redeemed his season. He hit .323/.360/.462 in his final 48 games with Stockton, appearing on track for a promotion to Double-A before a left hamate injury sidelined him for the season on July 4. He had surgery in August. Blanco is a top-of-the-scale runner who steals bases aggressively and efficiently. He will never have more than fringe power because he doesn't pull the ball well, but he has strength and an all-fields hitting approach, which could equate to a plus hit tool. He has the plus range and below-average arm to excel in left field.
The Future: Blanco must keep developing his bat to profile as a major leaguer, but even in the absence of more power he could fill an extra outfielder role. Double-A is the next test.
Best Tools List
- Rated Fastest Baserunner in the Oakland Athletics in 2019