Blanks hitting his stride in Double-A

SAN ANTONIO, TX-- Missions first baseman Kyle Blanks is putting on a hitting display in San Antonio, showing why he was rated as the best power hitter in the system.

Despite being sidelined with flu-like symptoms for several days this week, Kyle Blanks has been lighting up the scoreboard as of late, hitting .450 including three homers, eight extra base hits and 10 RBIs so far this month.

His hot start to the month of July has brought his name to the Texas League leader boards in batting average (.326, 7th) and on-base percentage (.410, 5th). Blanks also leads the Missions in hits, triples, home runs, RBI, and slugging.

Blanks doesn't consider himself the type of hitter with only one course of action to every at-bat, and he's certainly not a see-ball hit-ball guy either, but he does punish one pitch as good as anyone in the league.

"My approach is different against every pitcher, but I'm always definitely looking for a fastball," said Blanks.

Great plate discipline allows him to wait for a fastball, and the tremendous bat speed he boasts permits him to catch up to the high velocity.

This approach at the plate has gotten the 21-year-old slugger promoted after every year of professional baseball since being taken in the 42nd-round of the 2005 amateur draft, matching his aspirations.

"After I started playing well my first year I made a goal for myself to move up a level every season, I‘m happy with what I‘ve done so far."

While every ballplayer's ultimate goal is to reach the majors, the 6-foot-6 first baseman knows that following the path the organization lays out for him will help his long-term baseball career.

"If I finish out the season here that's fine with me, I'm a young player for Double-A and I just want to do whatever will help me in the long run," said Blanks.

Blanks was recently tabbed Missions player of the month by and was the starting first baseman for the South Division in the Texas League All-Star game.

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