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Kyle Blanks

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Kyle Blanks was a large Padres first baseman, who sometimes roams the outfield. He is extremely fast for a big guy. In 2009, Kyle Blanks hit an inside the park home run. He is be known as Blankzilla, Kyle Ocho-Ocho and 88 Train. Many expected him to be our every day first baseman once Adrian Gonzalez was eventually traded. His size, speed and ability to capture the imagination led to the belief that Kyle will hit for the cycle in 2010, just a week before Will Venable - the first in San Diego Padres history. (Note: this did not actually happen)

The 88 Train began 2010 as the starting LF and cleanup hitter for the Padres but never got on track. He had trouble making consistent contact with the bat at the major league level and suffered some major injuries (including an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery), which set him back.

In 2013 things changed slightly for the big slugger as injuries provided him with playing time for the Padres and began to flourished. It seemed like an offensive breakout and his versatility allowed him to fill in at both 1B and RF. However, injuries crept in again and his value to the club diminished.

In May 2010 he was traded to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for 1B/OF Jake Goebbert and P Ronald Herrera. The trade was rated 67% fresh.[1]

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  1. Padres' Kyle Blanks trade to A's for Jake Goebbert and PTBNL is FRESH