Tony Blanco, 2002, High A Sarasota, 3B
.221, .250, .365, 30 errors in 60 games.
He was Boston's #2 rated prospect a year ago. Here's what BA said:
2. Tony Blanco, 3b
Age: 20. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 176. Signed: Dominican Republic, 1998. Signed by:Levy Ochoa.
Background:Blanco set the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League home run record in his U.S.ndebut in 2000. He continued to show power last season despite bursitis in his right shoulder,nwhich forced him to split time between third base and DH before he had arthroscopicnsurgery in August. The Red Sox named him their player of the year at low Class A Augusta.
Strengths:Blanco has a quick bat that makes him a threat to go deep at any time and allows him to hit for average. He held his own in the South Atlantic League as a teenager despite his shoulder problems. Defensively, he has a strong arm, good body control and some quickness.
Weaknesses:Overly aggressive at the plate, Blanco will have to show better discipline against more advanced pitchers. Though managers named him the best defensive third baseman in the SAL, he needs a quicker first step and smoother footwork.
The Future:Blanco took things slowly in instructional league but should be healthy by spring training. Third base is the Red Sox’ weakest offensive position, though they’ll have to wait two or three years before Blanco is ready. He’ll move up to high Class A in 2002.
IMO if this is the main guy the Reds got for Walker, it's a craven salary dump.