Hank prepares for a bunt situation in a spring game against the Phillies in Clearwater, Florida.
Here's a sight Rangers fans - and opponents - should get used to. Hank Blalock has absolutely destroyed pitching at all levels. He was the Rangers' minor league player of the year in 2001.
The fundamentally sound Blalock hones in on a pitch March 10 in Clearwater. He reached base every time that day, and we thought we were seeing something special. So did manager Jerry Narron, who will utilize the 20 year old Hank Blalock as his everyday third baseman.
Whether waiting on deck (left) or warming up between innings (above), Hank Blalock looks like he has been doing this for years. He says he's just a "baseball rat" and there's "nothing [he'd] rather do than play baseball..."
>>>Hank Blalock hit .352 with 18 homers and 108 RBI in 131 games split almost equally between Class A Charlotte and Double A Tulsa last season. He hit .344 in the Arizona Fall League, with 11 homers and a .713 slugging percentage, both league records.
>>>"When I came into camp, I wanted to play as well as I could"
>>>"It's been my goal since I was a kid [to play in the Major League]. The real key is not just getting there, but staying there."
>>>"This kid is unbelievable."
>>>"I know all these guys had heard about him coming in because he was highly touted. They were all eager to see him. But the thing that's impressed me isn't that he can swing the bat -- because I think we all knew he could -- but that he's played so well defensively. He's clearly worked very hard to make himself a good defensive player."