Kyle Blanks has a birthday that will get overshadowed by the observance of a national disaster for the next few decades, he was born 9/11/86.
Kyle was drafted in the 42nd round of the 2004 draft by the Padres and signed just days before the 2005 draft. He is a 6'7", 280 pound first baseman who is working his way through the Padres minor league system. He may have to stay there another couple of years as the Padres have Adrian Gonzalez at first. Although once Adrian becomes a free agent and wants to be paid better, the Padres will probably say goodbye and bring up the kid who just turned 22 this year.
This year at AA San Antonio, Blanks in 478 AB, had 73 runs, 157 hits, 19 Home Runs, 51 walks, hit .322, had an on base percentage of .402, and a slugging percentage of .507. I am looking forward to seeing him play at Portland next year. I got the card from a friend who traded for it at his card shop, Heaven Sent Sports Cards in Tualatin, Oregon.