- Full name Raul Manuel Tablado
- Born 03/03/1982 in North Bergen, NJ
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 195 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Miami Southridge
- Drafted in the 4th round (118th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2000.
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Tablado has added 30 pounds since signing as a fourth-round pick out of high school in 2000, and his power also grew last year. But he missed six weeks early in the year with a pulled quadriceps muscle, then was suspended at the end of the season when he tested positive for a banned substance (reportedly from an over-the-counter supplement). After hitting 25 homers in his first four pro seasons, he broke out with 21 in just 84 games in high Class A in 2004. The ball carries well off his bat and he now shows above-average raw power. Tablado also matured mentally and impressed the Blue Jays with his renewed focus. He did a better job of staying on pitches rather than pulling off of them, as he had in the past. Tablado still doesn't have the plate discipline that Toronto preaches, however, and his walk rate dipped in 2004. Though he has a strong arm and reliable hands, he doesn't run well enough or have enough range to play shortstop in the majors. He profiles better as a third baseman. Tablado is destined for a full year in Double-A as he seeks to make up for time lost last season.