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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Position by Position Breakdown of 40 Man Roster- Henry Blanco

Henry Blanco- #4

5'11", 220 pounds
38 years old (39 in August)
13th major league season
Bats R, throws R

The Good: Well respected for the way he handles the pitching staff; throws well and is well liked by his teammates. Termed a "quintessential reserve catcher". Threw out 34.1% of base runners last year. Was more patient at the plate last year. He likes the ball out over the plate and pulls the ball with occasional power.

The Bad: Very long swing. Struggles vs breaking balls. .228 career hitter, and sub .300 on base percentage. Struck out 50 times last year, vs 26 walks. Had 18 extra base hits last year in 232 at bats (6 HRs, 12 2B), for a Slug % of .382

Role: Most likely serve as Johan Santana's personal catcher

My projection for stats: 40 games, 150 at bats, 5 HRs, 20 RBI, .230 BA/.295 OBP/.340 Slug %

As a reference, all catchers in MLB last year BA/OBP/Slug % was .254/.320/.395

Link to the Mets starting catcher, Rod Barajas, scouting report:
Rod Barajas

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