Blanco continues hot spring

Blanco continues hot spring

Blanco continues hot spring
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Center fielder Gregor Blanco's solid spring got even better Monday when he reached base four times in the Giants' 2-1 win over Kansas City.

There was little fanfare surrounding the Giants' signing of Blanco to a Minor League deal this offseason, but he has made plenty of noise this spring.

He added three hits, an RBI, a stolen base and a walk on Monday, improving his average to .545 this spring. All of Blanco's success has thrown him into the mix for a spot on the roster.

"He's just played great," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's doing all he can to make the club. We don't know what's going to happen, but he's certainly doing his part."

Once considered a long shot to make the club, Blanco leads the team in average and steals during Cactus League play and is second in hits.

Blanco spent last season in the farm systems of Kansas City and Washington and didn't reach the big leagues. But he dominated the Venezuelan Winter League en route to MVP honors while leading his team to the finals.

Now, the speedy lefty could find a home with the Giants thanks to his ability to reach base and make things happen.

But Bochy sees Blanco as more than just a stolen-base threat.

"He doesn't just run well," Bochy said. "He's swinging the bat real well, too."