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Blandino Off The Board
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/05/2014

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford junior third baseman Alex Blandino was taken with the 29th overall pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, as announced live on MLB Network Thursday night. 



Blandino becomes Stanford’s fourth different player selected in the first round over the last four years, joining Mark Appel (2012, ’13), Stephen Piscotty (2011) and Chris Reed (2010). 



Cincinnati drafted Blandino as a shortstop, although he has started all 58 games at third base for the Cardinal. A native of Palo Alto, Calif., Blandino is a main reason that Stanford is .0002 off the program’s fielding percentage record set in 2005. His often highlight-reel worthy play earned him a spot on this year’s Pac-12 All-Defensive Team.

"The Reds have done a great job developing their players from an organizational level, drafting guys and moving them and having them be successful in the Majors," Blandino said. "That's something I'm excited about, and I don't know down the road what position I'm going to end up at, [but] I feel comfortable and confident I can play shortstop."

Blandino has been a staple in Stanford’s order over the past three seasons, having started 139 games since his first season on The Farm in 2012. He has blasted 28 home runs in his career, including eight during a freshman campaign in which he was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. After hitting .268 as a sophomore, Blandino has bounced back to become one of the most feared power hitters in the Pac-12 in 2014. 

The right-handed slugger enters Friday’s Nashville Super Regional opener with a .312 batting average, 12 home runs and 42 RBI in 58 games. He ranks second in the conference in homers and has totaled more long balls than three teams in the conference. 

Blandino was selected in the 38th round of the 2011 draft by the Oakland Athletics, before deciding to attend Stanford. 


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