Gregor Miguel Blanco Pedraza (born December 24, 1983) is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder in the New York Mets organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves, the Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, the Washington Nationals and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Blanco with the San Francisco Giants in 2016
|New York Mets|
|Born: December 24, 1983|
|March 30, 2008, for the Atlanta Braves|
|MLB statistics |
(through September 29, 2018)
|Runs batted in||235|
|Career highlights and awards|
Blanco was the center fielder and leadoff hitter for Tiburones de La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League, hitting .315 (178 AB) in the 2006–07 season, .345 (229 AB) in the 2007–08 season (finishing second in MVP voting) and .349 (172 AB) in the 2008–09 season.
Blanco signed with the Atlanta Braves on July 4, 2008, as an undrafted free agent. He beat out Josh Anderson in spring training to become the Braves backup outfielder in 2008. He began to see regular playing time after Mark Kotsay injured his back on May 26.
In 2008, he had the lowest home run per plate appearance percentage in the majors (among regular home run hitters) (0.2%).
Kansas City RoyalsEdit
On May 8, 2011, Blanco was traded to the Washington Nationals in exchange for a player to be named later. During the offseason of 2011, Gregor played in the Venezuelan Winter league and was named the MVP for the 2011 season.
San Francisco GiantsEdit
On June 13, 2012, Blanco made a fully extended diving catch in deep right-center field, catching the ball in the end of his mitt, to rob Jordan Schafer of a hit in the top of the 7th inning of Matt Cain's perfect game. The Mercury News wrote "In a town very familiar with the words "The Catch", Blanco made one for the ages: he took off on a dead sprint at the crack of the bat and made a diving catch on the warning track in center field, 400 feet from home plate."
On July 13, 2013, in a 9-0 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, Blanco caught the final out of Tim Lincecum's first career no-hitter in the ninth inning. It was the first no-hitter in the history of the ballpark.
On September 5, 2014, Blanco made an error that ended his 306-game errorless streak. He dropped the ball on a Bryan Holaday line drive. On July 8, 2016, Blanco hit his first career pinch-hit home run, and his first of the season. In 2016 with the Giants he batted .224/.309/.311.
On January 17, 2017, Blanco signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks that included an invitation to spring training. He was released on March 27, and re-signed to a new minor league contract the next day.
San Francisco Giants (second stint)Edit
On January 29, 2018, Blanco signed a minor league contract to return to the Giants. His contract was purchased by the Giants on March 28, 2018, and he was assigned to the Opening Day roster. He was designated for assignment on June 2, 2018. In his second stint, he hit .217/.262/.317 with 2 home runs.
New York MetsEdit
- Shea, John (April 4, 2012). "Ladies and gentleman, your 2012 Giants' Opening Day roster". SFGate.com. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
- Pavlovic, Alex (June 14, 2012). "Giant's Blanco sets the stage with the latest version of 'The Catch'". The Mercury News. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
- Schulman, Henry (September 5, 2014). "Blanco loses error, gains streak". SFGate.com. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
- "Manager's ejection ignites Giants in 6-2 win". The Sports Xchange. July 9, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
- Adams, Steve (January 17, 2017). "Diamondbacks, Gregor Blanco Agree To Minors Deal". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
- Todd, Jeff (March 28, 2017). "Diamondbacks Release, Re-Sign Gregor Blanco". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
- "Outfielder Gregor Blanco returns to Giants' organization". mercurynews.com. January 29, 2018. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
- "Giants' Gregor Blanco: Secures Opening Day roster spot". CBSSports.com. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
- "Mets' Gregor Blanco: Agrees to terms with Mets". CBSSports.com. December 21, 2018. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
- Blanco, Gregor (May 11, 2012). "My Family of Gregs". gregorblanco.mlblogs.com. Retrieved August 5, 2017.