With Carlos Quentin being expected to be activated today it is expected that Kyle Blanks will be sent back down to Triple-A El Paso. The Padres already have four outfielders on the roster in Seth Smith, Cameron Maybin, Will Venable, Chris Denorfia and with the return of Quentin there just isn’t room on the roster for Blanks.
The Padres have always viewed Kyle Blanks as one of their more talented offensive prospects and when healthy has produced at the major league level. Blanks hit .243 with eight home runs and 35 RBI’s last season for the Padres before his season was once again derailed due to injury. This season Blanks was batting .265 with nine home runs in Triple-A El Paso before being called up to the Padres last week. The issue is Kyle Blanks has never been able to stay healthy and live up to his potential. Blanks has always put up big numbers in the minors, but never has been able to translate it to the big leagues.
In the past the Padres have been able to give Blanks the opportunity to perform at the big league level due to their lack of offensive players in the outfield, but with the addition of more consistent offensive players and prospects passing Blanks like Tommy Medica. It may be time for the Padres and Kyle Blanks to part ways.