M’s Take RF Jabari Blash at #252

Jay Yencich · June 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Well this guy is pretty much begging to get a rum-based mixed drink named after him, in no small part since he’s originally of the Virgin Islands. Close enough, right?

Blash has a couple of things going against him. He was kicked off the Miami Dade team earlier in the season for reasons I’m not privy to at the moment. He was a ninth-rounder with the Rangers last year and didn’t sign despite being offered a quarter million. Another 6’5 guy who’s a bit of a heavyweight, Blash hits well, just not for power, and that’s going to be key to his future success. He runs decently for his size and has a strong arm, so he profiles as a right fielder in the long run.

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8 Responses to “M’s Take RF Jabari Blash at #252”

  1. joser on June 8th, 2010 12:14 pm

    He damn well better learn to hit for power. His name is just begging to replace “funk” on the outfield video screen.

    (In fact, somewhere right now a drunk Sexson is reminiscing about how he used to hit the Funk Blash)

  2. dnc on June 8th, 2010 12:16 pm

    I think you mean begging to replace “blast” not “funk”

  3. dennisdonohoe on June 8th, 2010 12:18 pm

    He attended Alcorn State originally but was ruled academically ineligible. Transferred to MDCC but was ruled academically ineligible there as well. Not the worst thing in the world, but probably shows a lack of work ethic.

  4. Pete Livengood on June 8th, 2010 12:20 pm

    Mariners finally take a local kid – Woodinville HS’s 6-6 RHP Luke Taylor…

  5. joser on June 8th, 2010 12:24 pm

    I think you mean begging to replace “blast” not “funk”

    No, when I wrote that I was imagining “Jabari Blast!” But that led me inevitably to thoughts of drunken Sexson the beach, and, well, I got sand in my wisecracks.

  6. Jay Yencich on June 8th, 2010 12:25 pm

    The academics, I can overlook a bit if he’s really focused on his baseball playing.

  7. dennisdonohoe on June 8th, 2010 12:40 pm

    He just started playing in high school according to most reports. Missed a year at university due to academic reasons, then didn’t start for his CC in 09 until a few weeks in, then missed more time this year for academic reasons. It is hard to tell right now how much he’s actually played or competed. High risk definitely, even a round earlier than last year, but if he can learn to swing then it could be a great pick.

  8. Mike Snow on June 8th, 2010 1:29 pm

    If he wasn’t educated in the American system growing up, there might have been additional transition issues that affected his ability to perform academically at the university level (especially with the time demands of athletic participation).

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