Andres Eloy Blanco… Married, wife's name is Roseudys; two sons, Fabian (7/17/10) and Adrian Andres (9/28/15)… Attended El Carmen High School (VZ)… Signed by: Juan Indriago and Wilmer Castillo.
Completed his fourth season with the Phillies and batted .192 with seven extra base hits (four doubles, three homers) and 13 RBI in 80 games ... Started 20 games, making 13 starts at second base and seven at third ... Pitched 0.1 of an inning in a blowout 14-1 loss to the Braves on June 7, giving up a two-run home run to Matt Adams for an ERA of 27.00 ... Had just one multi-hit effort all year, a three-hit performance on Sept. 4 at New York-NL.
Made his 4th career Opening Day roster (2010-11; 2015) and second straight with the Phillies...His 1st stolen base of the season was a steal of home on 5/25 at DET...Was on the 15-day DL, 7/25-9/1 (fractured left index finger)...20 of his 49 hits were for extra bases (40.8%; 15 2B, 3B, 4 HR)...Batted .349 (15-43) with RISP, which was the highest on the team by 63 points (min. 40 AB with RISP)...As a pinch-hitter, batted .161 (5-31), 2 2B, 2 HBP, 3 RBI...Made 36 starts: 15 at 3rd base, 13 at 2nd base, 7 at SS and 1 at 1st base
Among ML pinch-hitters, T-1st in XBH (7), ranked third in doubles (5), fourth in SLG % (.583), T-4th in HR (2) & total bases (21) and T-10th in hits (10)...Made his third career Opening Day roster (2010-11) and first with the Phillies...Set career highs in games (106), AB (233), hits (68), doubles (22), triples (3), HR (7), RBI (25), walks (21), runs (32), XBH (32) and total bases (117)...Had a career-best nine-game hitting streak, 8/16-26 (.400, 5 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI)...Slugged a tie-breaking two-run HR in the ninth inning, 9/27 at WSH (Jonathan Papelbon)...Made 48 starts: 26 at 3rd base, 14 at 2nd base, seven at SS and one at 1st base...As a pinch-hitter, batted .278 (10-36), 5 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 BB, SAC
Began the season with Lehigh Valley (AAA)...Did not commit an error through his first 31 games of the season...Had his contract selected on 6/29...Made his 2014 season debut, 7/2 at MIA as a pinch-hitter (0-1); his first ML appearance since 9/27/11 with TEX...Slugged a three-run HR, 8/18 vs SEA; his first ML HR since 7/1/11 vs FLA...Started 11 games for the Phillies: five at third base, four at SS and 2 at second base...Went 0-for-3, SAC as a pinch-hitter
Missed the entire season following right shoulder surgery performed on 2/26 (Dr. David Altchek).
Spent the season with Lehigh Valley (AAA)...Set a professional high in HR (10)...Had 2 walk-off HR: 5/21 vs Louisville and 8/1 vs Pawtucket...Missed 5 games with a strained knee, 6/7-12...Tied his professional high with 4 hits, 6/18 at Toledo...Missed 9 games with a sore right elbow, 6/28-7/5...Made lone start at 2nd base, 7/12 at Norwich...Slugged a grand slam and had a season-high 4 RBI, 7/23 vs Columbus...Played for Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Played in just 36 games in final season with TEX...hit career-best 2 home runs, both of which were solo shot and accounted for 2 of season's 3 RBI...in 18 starts, including 16 at shortstop, the Rangers finished 11-7...was placed on 15-Day DL, July 7-31, with stress reaction in back...returned to DLAugust 9-Sept. 1 with lower back inflammation.
Made his first career Opening Day roster and appeared in a career-high 68 games for Texas after being obtained from Chicago-NL late in spring training to compete for club's utility infielderrole ... was club's Opening Day starter at second base for injured Ian Kinsler...was a non-roster invitee to Cubs camp for asecond straight year in 2010...suffered a right knee sprain inMarch, but returned to the field shortly before the trade and appearedin 7 Cactus League games with Texas (6-for-19, 3 RBI) ... received the majority of his playing time with the Rangers in Apriland August at second base while Kinsler was on the disabled list ... also saw limited action at shortstop and third base ... establishednew career highs in most offensive categories ... went more than12 team games without playing on 2 occasions.
Andres began the year at Triple-A, but saw big-league action in 53 games with Chicago ... it marked his first major league action since spending parts of three seasons with the Royals (2004-06)...Batted .252 (31-for-123) with 15 runs, eight doubles, a homer and 12 RBI in 53 games with the Cubs ... set career marks in all categories...Was selected from Triple-A Iowa May 27 ... made 40 appearances (21starts) at second base and 15 (nine starts) at shortstop.w Garnered a .983 fielding percentage (3 ER/172 TC)...Batted .346 (9-for-26) with four doubles and five RBI in situationsdeemed "close and late."© Had a pair of season-high five-game hitting streaks: June 19-23 (7-for-21/.333) and July 29-September 6 (5-for-11/.455) ... fell a game shortof matching his career-high six-gamer, April 18-25, 2004...Hit .500 (3-for-6) with a double and six RBI with the bases loaded...Posted a .310 batting average after the Mid-Summer Classic comparedto a .222 mark prior to the All-Star Break...Went 6-for-23 (.261) as a right-handed batter, while going 25-for-100(.250) as a lefty...Notched his first career pinch-hit July 20 in Philadelphia, doubling in thefifth inning before coming around to score...Hit his first career homer July 29 vs. Houston, going deep off Doug Brocailin the eighth after entering as a defensive replacement at shortstop...Was batting .314 (48-for-153) with 18 runs, nine doubles, four homersand 25 RBI in 43 games for the I-Cubs at the time of his promotion ...hit .352 (25-for-71) in May as the team's regular shortstop...Was shelved August 4-September 1 with a left calf strain ... hit .280 (21-for-75) with 12 runs, eight doubles, two triples, two homers and four RBIin 20 rehab games with Iowa...Collected a career-high matching three hits September 13 vs. Cincinnati... he set the mark September 11, 2005 at Detroit, while with KansasCity...Overall, batted .304 (70-for-230) with 30 runs, 17 walks, 17 doubles,two triples, six homers and 29 RBI in 64 games with the I-Cubs.
Andres bounced back from an injury-riddled 2007 to appear in 102 games with Triple-A Iowa ... hit .285 (85-for-298) with a career-high 36 RBI...Saw time at shortstop (94 games), second base (two) and third base (one)...Hit .292 or better in three months: .292 in April, .317 in May and .350in August...Batted .293 (66-for-225) off right-handed pitchers compared to .260(19-for-73) off southpaws...Garnered a .320 home average (49-for-153) compared to a .248(36-for-145) average on the road...Posted a .286 average (61-for-213) before the All-Star break whilehitting .282 (24-for-85) following the break...Boasted an .857 average (6-for-7) with 10 RBI with the bases loaded ...hit .345 (19-for-55) with runners on and two outs...Collected two season-high seven-game hitting streaks: April 16-22 andMay 24-June 2...In 46 games with Aguilas del Zulia of the Venezuelan Winter League, hit.272 (46-for-169) with 12 doubles, a homer, 22 runs and 18 RBI.
Played just 28 games with Triple-A Omaha before landing on the disabled list May 31 with a right hamstring strain...Hit .196 (19-for-97) before his injury, seeing time at shortstop (21 games) and second base (seven games)...Posted a .313 batting average (15-for-48) with six runs scored on theroad...Hit .292 (7-for-24) off left-handed hurlers...After going just 3-for-35 (.086) in 11 April contests, he went 16-for-62(.258) in 17 May games.
Recorded a .241 (21-87) average with 4 doubles, 1 triple and 9 RBI in 33 games for the Royals...appeared in 25 games at shortstop and 7 at second base...Hit .500 (9-18) with 5 RBI against left-handers and .174 (12-69) with 4 RBI vs. right-handers...hit just .182 (10-55) in innings 1-6 and .344 (11-32) from the7th inning on...hit .455 (10-22) leading off an inning...Hit .237 in 88 games for Omaha, recording 9 doubles and 20 RBI...went 6-for-10on stolen base attempts and committed 21 errors...was also hit by a team-high9 pitches...was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team...Recalled from Omaha on May 19 after hitting .282 (37-131) with 1 HR and 14RBI in his 1st 38 games...Appeared in 6 games for Kansas City, including 5 starts, while collecting 3 hitsin 17 at bats (.176) before being optioned back to Omaha on June 3...Began his 2nd stint with the big league club when he was recalled July 25from Omaha...collected 2 hits in each of his 1st 2 starts, July 28-29 at Texas...equalled a career high with 2 RBI on July 28...Committed 2 errors on Aug. 3 vs. Minnesota...it was the 1st 2-error game of hiscareer...Recorded a career-high 3 RBI on a bases-clearing double during the Royals 6-runrally in a 10-4, 12th-inning win at Boston on Sept. 9...Left the game on Sept. 24 vs. Detroit after injuring his shoulder during a swingin the 9th inning...Underwent surgery on Sept. 29 to repair a posterior labrum tear in his leftshoulder...Dr. Lewis Yocum performed the surgery in Los Angeles.
Opened the season at Omaha (AAA) before suffering a knee injury...was hitting .196 (10-51) prior to the injury...played at High Desert (3 games), Arizona (7 games) and Wichita (9 games) on rehab assignment until returning to Omaha on Aug. 15...Finished with a .254 average (29-114) in 35 games for Omaha with 4 doubles,2 triples and 1 home run...his homer came on April 9 and was his 1st in 1,119minor league at bats (counting Dominican League at bats)...Was recalled from Omaha on Sept. 5...played in 26 games for the Royals, batting.215 with 6 runs and 5 RBI...hit .292 (7-24) in his final 7 games...played 24games at 2nd base after spending the majority of his career as a shortstop.
Opened the season with Wichita (AA)...was batting .292 (7-24) with 1 RBI in 8 games for the Wranglers when his contract was purchased on April 17...Made his big league debut as the starting shortstop at Minnesota that night and went 0-for-3...Became the 2nd youngest Royal in club history (behind only BretSaberhagen) when he made hisdebut at 20 years, 6 days...becamethe youngest position player ever to play for KC...Was the youngest current Major Leaguer at the time of his promotion...Recorded his 1st Major League hit on April 18 at Minnesota, a bunt single in the3rd inning...Hit a 2-run single on April 20 at Cleveland for his 1st Major League RBI...Optioned to Wichita (AA) on April 29 after hitting .259 (7-27) in 9 games...Recalled from Wichita on Aug. 10 and optioned back on Aug. 23...appeared in 10games during his 2nd stint with KC, hitting .364 (12-33) with 6 runs, 2 doubles,1 triple and 2 RBI...Named as Best Defensive Shortstop in the Texas League by Baseball America...selected as a member of the World Team for the 2004 Futures Game inHouston.
Spent the season with Single-A Wilmington, hitting .244 (96-for-394) in 113 games...Named the best defensive shortstop in the Carolina League by Baseball America following the 2003 season.
Spent the majority of the season with the Gulf Coast League Royals in his second year in the Royals organization ... hit .249 with 27 runs and 14 RBI in 52 games with the club.
Spent his first season in the Royals organization with their Dominican Summer League club, hitting .298 (56-for-188) in 54 contests with 39 runs scored, three triples, 16 RBI and 28 walks.