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Alex Blandino, Shortstop from Stanford University, Chosen 29th Overall by Cincinnati Reds

June 5th, 2014 at 11:12 PM
By Cody Dalga

With the 29th overall selection in the 2014 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, which was compensation for losing outfielder Shin-Soo Choo in free-agency to the Texas Rangers this past offseason, the Cincinnati Reds selected shortstop Alex Blandino from Stanford University. 

'Stanford Baseball' photo (c) 2013, Chris Martin - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com compared Blandino's game to that of current Reds third baseman Todd Frazier. Baseball Americas scouting report on Blandino said the following:

"Blandino burst on the scene as a freshman, hitting eight home runs despite starting just 29 games. He has yet to match that total in the two ensuing seasons but has hit enough to be one of the top college bats in the class. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has a strong track record hitting with wood, batting .310 with five home runs in 268 at-bats in the Cape Cod League the last two summers, often playing shortstop for Yarmouth-Dennis. He's struggled a bit more with Stanford, especially as a junior where he's been pitched around in a below-average lineup. He's a career .282 hitter heading into the home stretch of his college career, despite having looseness in his swing, good bat speed and quick wrists. He does a good job staying inside the ball but at times sells out trying to generate home run power. Blandino projects more as a fringe-average or average power hitter rather than a true bopper, so a move to second base fits better than third."

He appeared in 58 games last season for the Cardinal batting .312 while launching 12 home run and collecting 42 RBIs. Coming into the draft, the six-foot, 190 pound junior was the 52nd ranked prospect by MLB.com. 
 
Round three through 10 of the MLB draft will continue on Friday. The Reds will have the 58th overall pick. Coverage will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. 
Tags: Alex Blandino, Baseball, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, MLB, todd frazier

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