Alex Blandino
Alex Blandino
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Cincinnati Reds
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Blandino spent the first part of the 2019 campaign recovering from ACL and MCL tears suffered at the tail end of the 2018 season. When he returned to action, the 26-year-old looked to be the same light-hitting player he has been throughout his minor-league career. Blandino owns a career .259 average across all levels of the minors and has little power; last season he posted a .125 ISO with Triple-A Louisville and a .111 ISO in 36 at-bats with the Reds. His saving grace is his ability to take a walk. Blandino has registered consistently high walk rates throughout his professional career, and his 20.0 BB% with Cincinnati in 2019 was tops in the majors among players with 50 or more plate appearances. That number is bound to come down, however, and with little else to offer at the plate or on the basepaths, Blandino is unlikely to ascend past a utility infielder role in the big leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Reds in March of 2018.
Leaves yard in finale
2BCincinnati Reds
September 30, 2019
Blandino went 1-for-2 with a solo home run Sunday in the Reds' 3-1 win over the Pirates.
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It took him until the final game of the season, but Blandino finally secured his first home run. To be fair, he didn't make his 2019 debut in affiliated ball until early June while recovering from a torn ACL, then spent the next three months in the minors before joining the Reds as a September callup. With his health intact heading into the winter, Blandino should have a better chance at making a greater impact at the MLB level in 2020, though he'll likely be limited to a utility role if he cracks the Reds' Opening Day roster.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+30%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .666 79 11 0 4 0 .266 .385 .281
Since 2017vs Right .645 118 9 2 7 0 .220 .325 .320
2019vs Left .719 34 4 0 1 0 .269 .412 .308
2019vs Right .938 16 2 1 2 0 .200 .438 .500
2018vs Left .627 45 7 0 3 0 .263 .364 .263
2018vs Right .607 102 7 1 5 0 .222 .307 .300
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+47%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .693 106 12 1 6 0 .247 .387 .306
Since 2017Away .607 91 8 1 5 0 .228 .303 .304
2019Home .942 24 4 0 1 0 .333 .542 .400
2019Away .641 26 2 1 2 0 .190 .308 .333
2018Home .627 82 8 1 5 0 .229 .341 .286
2018Away .595 65 6 0 3 0 .241 .302 .293
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Alex Blandino compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.71
 
BB Rate
20.0%
 
K Rate
28.0%
 
BABIP
.348
 
ISO
.111
 
AVG
.250
 
OBP
.420
 
SLG
.361
 
OPS
.781
 
wOBA
.359
 
Exit Velocity
90.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Blandino's 2018 season ended prematurely after a takeout slide by the Pirates' Max Moroff went wrong and ended up tearing the ACL in Blandino's left knee. The injury robbed him of an opportunity to get a lot of at-bats down the stretch for the rebuilding Reds. Prior to the injury, the 2014 first-round pick had struggled at the plate, making contact only 68% of the time with a minuscule .055 ISO. He profiles as a utility infielder and might struggle to hold onto a 40-man roster spot if he doesn't show some improvements in 2019.
In what may have been a make-or-break year for Blandino in the Reds organization, he answered the bell, posting a 145 wRC+ in a repeat trip to Double-A and a 137 wRC+ in a 63-game run at Triple-A to close out the year. His 0.86 BB/K ranked third in the International League, ahead of more highly-regarded plate discipline masters like Rhys Hoskins, Jesse Winker and J.P. Crawford. The Reds rewarded him this offseason with a spot on the 40-man roster, so they at least see the potential for a major-league role. Since signing he has moved from shortstop to second base to third base. While he could probably still masquerade at second or short, his glove isn't good enough to play up the middle on a regular basis. His .270 average was his best mark since 2015 when he was at High-A, and he doesn't hit for a ton of power, so his best chance at relevancy is in deeper OBP leagues. He is clearly behind Eugenio Suarez and Nick Senzel on the organizational depth chart.
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.
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Leading off Thursday
2BCincinnati Reds
September 5, 2019
Blandino (face) is starting at second base and leading off Thursday against the Phillies.
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Leaves after scary HBP
2BCincinnati Reds
Face
September 4, 2019
Blandino exited Wednesday's game against the Phillies after being hit by a pitch near his face, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Gets rare start
2BCincinnati Reds
September 2, 2019
Blandino is starting at second base and batting ninth against the Phillies on Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Joins major-league club
2BCincinnati Reds
September 1, 2019
Blandino was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.
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Activated, optioned to Triple-A
2BCincinnati Reds
June 14, 2019
Blandino (knee) was activated from the injured list and optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Friday.
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