Earlier today the New York Yankees announced that they have traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Blash, 28, was initially an eighth-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners out of Miami Dade Community College, his brother Jamori is a first baseman in the Nationals organization. In 685 career minor league games, Jabari hit .260/.378/.513 with 133 doubles, 17 triples, and 140 home runs while driving in 392 runs.
Blash has spent parts of the last two seasons in the major leagues with the Padres after making his MLB debut on April 4, 2016. In 99 MLB games, he has hit .200/.323/.336 with eight doubles and eight home runs. The outfielder has won accolades all throughout his minor league career, being named the player of the week twice in the Southern League. He was also a Baseball America Short-Season All-Star in 2011 and a mid-season all-star twice in 2013 and 2015. Also, he was named a MiLB.com Organizational All-Star in 2013 with Seattle and 2017 with San Diego.
After not being added to the 40-man roster by the Mariners in 2015 he was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the Rule 5 draft and subsequently traded to the Padres. He was retained by the Padres after the sent cash to the Mariners as compensation.
Blash was named the 11th best prospect in the Mariners organization after the 2015 season, a year that saw him belt 32 home runs in 116 games in Double-A and Triple-A. He is athletic with good speed as well a strong arm. He has shown the ability to hit towering home runs thanks to good bat speed.
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