Former Braves' outfield prospect Gregor Blanco made his MLB debut as a pinch runner for Atlanta late in the first game ever played at Nationals Park on March 30, 2008, eight years after he'd signed with the Nats' NL East rivals as an amateur free agent out of Ignacio Martin Burk high school in Valera, Venezuela. The 27-year-old left-handed hitting and throwing Blanco was acquired by Washington in a deal for a PTNBL with Kansas City Sunday night, less than a year after he was traded to the Royals along with 27-year-old RHP Jesse Chavez and 21-year-old left-hander Tim Collins in the deal that got the Braves RHP Kyle Farnsworth and OF Rick Ankiel (the Nats' currently DL'd center fielder).
Blanco was playing at Triple-A in the Royals' system, for the Omaha Storm Chasers, hitting just .196 with a .384 OBP, (he can take a walk), .286 SLG, five doubles, nine steals, 17 walks and 15 K's in 23 games and 74 plate appearances this season. In 253 games and 836 plate appearances for Atlanta and Kansas City, Blanco's posted a .258/.358/.324 slash. Last season, in 85 games and 269 plate appearances split between the Braves and Royals, played mostly in center, Blanco put up a .283/.360/.367 line with nine doubles, four triples, a HR and 11 steals.
• Here's what they had to say about the deal over at Royals Review.