MadFriars: Outside of the obvious, being 6'6" and 275, is there another reason people call you 'Big Nasty'?
Kyle Blanks: Not really, no I'm a pretty content person, pretty quiet. Not really too loud or obnoxious.
MadFriars: You're power numbers at Yavapai Community College were great, but you also had 23 stolen bases, if you're that big and that fast, why aren't you a middle linebacker?
Kyle Blanks: I'm just not a football fan.
MadFriars: With the kind of size are Derrick Lee comparisons accurate?
Kyle Blanks: I don't know if I'm Derrick Lee caliber, but I like having a solid all around game.
MadFriars: How much have you worked with wooden bats?
Kyle Blanks: My school season was in a wood bat league. It's so different, you can see it when you look at guys who've swung metal. With a wood bat you just can't have a long swing. My college coaches did a great job getting me to work with a short swing, they really get all the credit for it. Sky Smelter was my coach at Yavapi.
Kyle Blanks: I think it helped a lot being in smaller school. I like college baseball, don't get me wrong, but it was never my dream to be playing at one of those huge D1 programs, and at Yavapai I got a lot of personalized attention, a lot of one on one time to learn the game, learn my game.
MadFriars: What's the first thing opposing pitchers are going to learn about you?
Kyle Blanks: I don't know, I can hit for average, so don't expect to get me out all the time. I think a lot of the time pitchers look at me and because I'm big they thing I'm either going to hit a home run or strikeout, but being short to the ball really helps me just hit the ball hard. I'm not, by definition, a power hitter. I don't hit an extremely high amount of homers, I'm not a .250, 50 homer guy, I'm more like a .300, 20 homer guy.
MadFriars: You played basketball in high school right, and were getting recruited?
Kyle Blanks: I was pretty decent in high school, but really I just outsized a lot of people. A few smaller colleges were looking at me, but I just played because my friends wanted to, I always wanted to play baseball.
MadFriars: You're a first baseman, have you played anywhere else? There's some talk that the Padres might move you to the outfield.
Kyle Blanks: I haven't played out there much, but I think I can do it, I don't think it would be anything out of the ordinary.
MadFriars: Is that something you'd look forward too?
Kyle Blanks: It's always fun to try new things. I like challenges, I look forward to working on things.
MadFriars: You were the National JuCo player of the year, does that put extra pressure on you coming into pro ball?
Kyle Blanks: Not really. To be honest I didn't even know right away that I'd won the award. I just did what I was capable of, went out, played hard, and has success.
MadFriars: Were you smiling a little this week during the draft knowing you didn't have to play that waiting game again?
Kyle Blanks: Yeah, it's a really big relief, it's a pretty pressure packed time for anyone who plays ball.
MadFriars: Have you even been following along?
Kyle Blanks: I track it because a lot of my buddies are eligible. One of my boys got drafted and I called him and let him know before he knew because I was watching things. I saw a few people I played against go, one guy, Jesse Hall went to the Rangers in the 16th.
MadFriars: Have the Padres told you where to report yet?
Kyle Blanks: No, I don't really know where I'm going to go, I'm just hoping to have a spot. I'm ready to go anywhere, I don't think it really matters that much what level I start at. It's just about getting everything together at that time. I know I'm not going to start perfectly, there's going to be a period where I'm getting assimilated. I feel like I could start pretty high if I had to, I think I'm ready.