Jabari Jerell Blash (born July 4, 1989) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut in 2016 with the San Diego Padres. He has also played in MLB for the Los Angeles Angels.
Blash with the Eagles in 2019
|Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – No. 69|
|Born: July 4, 1989|
Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
|MLB: April 4, 2016, for the San Diego Padres|
|NPB: March 29, 2019, for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2018 season)
|Runs batted in||22|
|NPB statistics |
(through 2019 season)
|Runs batted in||95|
Blash was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 29th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft out of Charlotte Amalie High School in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He did not sign and attended Alcorn State University, but was unable to play baseball due to issues with his academic transcript. He transferred to Miami-Dade College, and had a .353 batting average and 10 home runs in 102 at-bats for the school's baseball team. He was then drafted by the Texas Rangers in the ninth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft. He again did not sign and returned to Miami-Dade.
The Seattle Mariners chose Blash in the eighth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft and he signed. Blash made his professional debut for the Pulaski Mariners. In 2013, he hit 25 home runs with a .915 on-base plus slugging (OPS) while playing for the High Desert Mavericks and Jackson Generals. He started 2014 back with Jackson and was promoted to the Tacoma Rainiers in April.
San Diego PadresEdit
The Oakland Athletics selected Blash in the 2015 Rule 5 draft and then traded him to the San Diego Padres as the player to be named later from the December 2 trade in which the Athletics acquired Yonder Alonso.
Blash made the Padres' Opening Day roster. He batted 3-for-25 (.120) with 13 strikeouts, and was designated for assignment on May 13. He cleared waivers and the Mariners declined his return, allowing him to be outrighted into San Diego's minor league system. After playing for the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Padres promoted him back to the major leagues on July 30. On May 9, 2017, Blash was optioned down to AAA to make room for Matt Szczur on the roster.
Los Angeles AngelsEdit
On December 12, 2017, the Padres traded Blash to the New York Yankees for Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell. The Yankees designated Blash for assignment on February 20, 2018, in order to make room for Brandon Drury, who was acquired earlier in the day in a three-team trade. The next day, the Yankees traded Blash to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations. In 24 games with the Angels, Blash hit only .103 with 1 RBI. On November 29, 2018, Blash was released by the Angels.
Tohoku Rakuten Golden EaglesEdit
On December 3, 2019, Blash signed a 1-year extension to remain with the Eagles.
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