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Nick Blasi #25
2003 Alaska Goldpanners

2008 Sacremento River Cats

Out ofWichita StateBlasi Page
2003 ClassJunior
H/W ; B/T5-11 / 195 R / R
HometownWichita, KS
PrepGoddard HS
Birthday10/23/81

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May 7, 2007 The Oakland Athletics medical room looks like a M*A*S*H unit right now, with outfielder bodies, dead and dying, littering the locker room. While that has sucked for fans of superstar Athletics outfielders Swisher, Bradley, and Kotsay (and less-than-superstar Kielty), the situation has proven to have a host of hidden benefits for Oakland.

Benefit #1) Travis Buck (Vancouver Canadians 2005) has jumped into the big leagues and showed himself to be worth a long term spot. Last night he led off for the A’s and went 1-3 with a walk.

Benefit #2) Jack Cust was grabbed from San Diego for a bag of balls and promptly started mashing, hitting 6 home runs in 7 games.

Benefit #3) Danny ‘The Grape’ Putnam (Vancouver Canadians 2004) was brought up from AA ball, and while he didn’t light things up in the majors, he hit his first ML home run, knocked a few base hits out, and showed he has some skills in defense.

But there’s been another benefit to the A’s organization; one that flies a little lower under the radar. That would be the case of Nick Blasi.

Blasi played for Vancouver in 2004 as a right fielder/lead off man, and though he wasn’t one of the stars of the team that season, he was right up there in the second tier. He led off well, drew a ton of walks, worked pitchers into deep counts, and as he related to me after one game, he claimed to "just know what’s coming at [him] as soon as it leaves the pitcher’s hand."

Subsequently, Blasi’s career stumbled. He played in Low-A Kane County the following season, but a slow year and an uptick in his strikeouts saw him left behind for a second season of Low-A ball when the other 2004 draftees were all moving up to High-A and AA ball.

Blasi eventually got to Stockton, but not before those same ex-teammates had largely moved up yet again, and with new draftees coming in to crowd the outfield (Mitchell, Johnson, Massaro, Sulentic, Cobb, Boyd etc) it was beginning to look like Blasi was going to be one of the forgotten minor leaguers who are quietly let go when they hit 25 or 26.

Fast forward to 2007, and the A’s outfield is wracked and ruined with injuries. Swisher down, Kotsay down, Bradley down. Buck goes up. Putnam goes up. Buck gets injured, Snelling comes in, Snelling gets injured, Two Buck Chuck Thomas gets traded, Bocachica can’t be added to the roster for several months, Denorfia comes in, Denorfia is out for the season, Herrera is sucking in High-A ball, Cust comes in but can’t field worth a damn…

And eventually, all the way down the system, someone says to Nick Blasi, "I don’t care that you’re only hitting .239 - you’re needed in Sacramento."
 

Talk about being set up for a fall… but Blasi hasn’t fallen. In fact, he’s doing exactly what he needed to do once given a legit shot at moving up the system - he’s raking.

Currently the former C’s outfielder is hitting .286 in 28 at bats of AAA ball, and though his stay there may be short-lived, he’s leaving a pretty significant mark while the sun shines - and wondering why his old locker in Stockton has been cleared out.

The promotion was more out of necessity than performance — Blasi, who played at Wichita State and is from Goddard, was batting .239 in his fourth season of A ball — but it doesn’t matter.
 

Blasi is in Triple-A. And, he was told, his locker stall at Stockton has been cleared out, so he assumes there’s no going back. "It’s a little confusing," Blasi said. "I’m not really sure what it means."
 

As a minor leaguer, Blasi understands he’s not supposed to be sure what anything means. It’s his job to keep his head down and play.
 

Recently, Blasi did a radio interview with a station in his home town of Wichita KS, where he talked about his career, his rapid rise, where he goes from here, and what he thinks of the A’s system.

The link is here - do yourself a favor and skip ahead to the 45 minute mark, and thanks to AN’s ’sprtswyn’ for the scoop.

 

2003 PRESSBOX

2002 PRESSBOX

2001 BUTLER CCC
Attended Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan… In 2001 drafted in the 45th round by the Marlins…Hit .368 with 31 runs, 39 hits, seven doubles, one home run, 13 RBI and five stolen bases.


HIGH SCHOOL
Attended Goddard High School in Goddard, Kan…Lettered three years in baseball and three years in football…Named all-league and all-state during senior year in both baseball and football…Participated in the baseball all-star game…Member of team that placed first in League CTL with a 17-3 record.

PERSONAL
Son of Jane Blasi and the late Kenneth Blasi of Wichita, Kan…Born on Sept. 23, 1981 in Wichita, Kan…Has one brother, Nathan, who plays football at Pittsburg State…Is majoring in business administration at WSU…Also recruited by Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Oral Roberts and Jacksonville.


2003 Alaska Goldpanners
2003 Roster Results StatisticsSchedule

Batting Stats

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Wichita State Shockers

Batting Stats

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Nick Blasi scored a lot of runs for Wichita State.


Professional Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team Pos AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS OBP SLG
2006 Kane County Cougars OF .253 75 288 44 73 12 5 0 25 33 69 17 1 .331 .330
2006 Stockton Ports OF .309 59 249 43 77 19 3 5 27 21 50 2 5 .378 .470
TOTALS TOTALS   .279 134 537 87 150 31 8 5 52 54 119 19 6 .353 .395