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Mike Blanke

Position: C
Date of Birth: 10/17/1988
Height: 6' 4"   Weight: 225 lbs
Bats: R
Throws: R
Resides: Las Cruces, NM

Blanke enters his first season with the Patriots and fourth in the Atlantic League. He played two full seasons with the Long Island Ducks in 2015-16, and spent two months with the Blue Crabs last year. Blanke was an Atlantic League All-Star with the Ducks in 2015, and finished the season hitting .282 with nine home runs and 43 RBI.
Originally a 14th-round selection in the 2010 MLB Draft, Blanke spent the first five seasons of his professional career with the Chicago White Sox organization. He showcased the ability to be a power-hitting catcher when he hit 10 home runs and recorded 50 RBI in 91 games with High-A Winston-Salem in 2012. Blanke also excelled defensively that year, throwing out 41% of baserunners.  
Blanke converted to a pitcher in 2014 for a season, before converting back to a catcher prior to signing with the Long Island Ducks. He was an exciting prospect coming out of the University of Tampa, where he hit .377 in his final year with nine home runs and 65 RBI to go along with a 1.068 OPS. 
The Canadian native began his 2018 season with the Ottawa Champions of the Can-Am Professional League, where he compiled a .425 on-base percentage over 22 games. Originally born in Granby, Quebec, Blanke becomes the second Canadian-born player on the 2018 roster, joining pitcher Dustin Molleken. 
Blanke has 62 home runs and 316 RBI over his nine-year professional career.


# Name POS
44 Fox Beyer First Base Coach
29 Brett Jodie Manager
23 Jon Hunton Pitching Coach
6 Glen Barker Third Base Coach
0 Phil Lee Athletic Trainer


# Name POS
4 Yovan Gonzalez C
9 Mike Blanke C
14 John Nester C
15 Alfonso Reda C


# Name POS
1 Justin Trapp IF
2 Scott Kelly IF
5 Mike Fransoso IF
8 Alfredo Rodriguez IF
21 Nate Coronado IF
25 Craig Massey IF
85 Jose Sermo IF


# Name POS
3 Justin Pacchioli OF
11 Ramon Flores OF
17 Jayce Boyd OF
47 Endy Chavez OF


# Name POS
9 Bobby Blevins P
10 Mike Antonini P
13 Nate Roe P
16 Logan Kensing P
19 Zech Zinicola P
20 Stephen Perakslis P
22 Cory Riordan P
24 David Kubiak P
24 Jose Jose P
26 Vince Molesky P
27 Ryan Webb P
31 Kyle Davies P
32 Chase Huchingson P
34 Ryan Kelly P
35 Dustin Molleken P
36 Duane Below P
37 Rick Teasley P
50 Dustin Antolin P