Jabari Blash, OF, Clinton Lumberkings (A, 21.6 years old on average in 2011)
6-4, 195 lbs, 22 years old
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Acquired: 2010 Amateur Draft (8th round)
The day that Jabari Blash was drafted he seemed like a promotional dream. His name lends itself to t-shirts, memorabilia, slogans, and even mixed drinks. Blash is one of the highest-ceiling guys in the Mariners farm system, which is a great thing to say about an 8th round pick. He’s got a huge frame, is a great athlete, and may project to have some power, though it hasn’t fully manifested itself yet. Last year was truly a season of two halves for Blash, who hit for a lot of power in Low A ball (.282 ISO) and even walked a fair amount. Then in his promotion to Standard A ball in Clinton, his power was mostly sapped (.119 ISO) but his walk rate nearly doubled (12.2 percent to 23.5 percent). Neither stint had a sample size that was even close to big enough to stabilize, but Blash flashes some of the skills that we like to see from young hitters. He still strikes out too much, but that’s a common theme among young power hitters, that he supplements those strikeouts with walks is promising. Dade was kicked out of two colleges though, which puts his work ethic and maturity into question. If he develops fully, Blash could be Vladimir Guerrero, and the Mariners right-fielder of the future. If he doesn’t, chances are he’ll have flamed out.
Potential (of 40): 37
Probability of Success (of 30): 10
Positional value (of 20): 11
Character (of 10): 0
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