25-Year-Old Shortstop – Cincinnati Reds
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Alex Blandino in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Alex Blandino Contract Information:
Signed with the Reds for a $1.788 million bonus in June 2014.
Blandino was added to the Reds' 40-man roster Monday to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
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Cincinnati Reds Roster
MajorsBailey, Homer (P)
AAAquino, Aristides (OF)
A+Collymore, Malik (OF)
AArmstrong, Mark (P)
RookieCase, Cash (SS)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Alex Blandino.
Blandino has progressed reasonably well since getting drafted with the 29th overall pick in 2014, advancing to Double-A Pensacola in August. Once he got there, he struggled a bit to hit for power, and that's a big question mark going forward for him. Is he good enough defensively to stick up the middle, particularly at shortstop? If not, does he hit for enough power to play third base? He has some speed, but is still learning how to use it, having been caught 17 times in 33 stolen-base attempts. The Reds' acquisition of Jose Peraza in the Todd Frazier deal likely blocks Blandino up the middle for the near future, so don't expect him to have a meaningful major league opportunity until 2017.
Blandino was taken in the first round of the 2014 draft with the 29th overall pick by the Reds, the pick gained when the Rangers signed away Shin-Soo Choo. Though he was selected as a third baseman from Stanford, Blandino has been used as a shortstop as a professional so far, and if he can stick there he'll have a lot more value, especially for the Reds given their lack of organizational depth at the position. He doesn't project to hit for a lot of power, but should be a good line drive hitter that could benefit quite a bit from playing in Cincinnati's home ballpark. There are some analysts that believe that he might even have more power than originally projected, as Stanford hitters typically have their swings adjusted to hit for less loft.