Blankenhorn started the season red hot.I was almost ready to say they should promote him to the next level and he tapered off and then slumped badly.I'm not sure what to think but I am still high on him.If he figures things out as a hitter they can find a position to play him at.
I think he came in as a Shortstop so he should be able to handle third but I haven't seen him play there.They must like his speed and agility if they are playing him at 2nd.Maybe looking for another Dozier type player because it looks like Blanky has power.I am thinking he might follow the Max Murphy path at a younger age.It seemed like it took Max a bit to hit the offspeed stuff and be more patient at the plate.If he breaks out offensively then he will be a top ten prospect.I am betting on the Blanket tomake it.
I think consistency is a big thing for players early in their careers. It's a long season. As they develop and work on mechanics and learn themselves and all of that, the goal would be that the consistency would come (preferably good consistency).
Here are his OPS by month...
September: 1.500 (though it was just 8 plate appearances)
Of course, these are just monthly break downs and there are probably wilder extremes looking at different start/end dates, but it isn't unusual to see something like this...
Also, he played SS in high school - like everyone - but they moved him to 3B/2B right away. I don't think the move to 2B in the 2nd half was anything related to performance. I think it was a planned thing to get him consistent time in both places. The reality is that they still are trying to figure out where he'll play. He's OK at both.