With the plan still in place to hold off until September to promote top outfield prospects Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe, the Padres are recalling familiar face Jabari Blash from AAA El Paso to take the recently departed Matt Kemp's place on the 25-man roster. Blash started the year with the Padres as a Rule 5 pick from the Seattle organization by way of Oakland, but was returned to the Mariners after struggling, then immediately reacquired for a player to be named later, and assigned to El Paso.
The 6'5" 27-year-old hit just .120/ .241/ .160 in his 29 trips to the plate in various Padres colors over 23 games. A prototypical "three true outcomes" slugger, Blash did much more striking out than walking or homering in his brief taste of the big leagues; he went back to the bench with a K 13 times, walked four times, and is still waiting for his first major league home run.
In his time with the AAA Chihuahuas, Jabari is hitting .260/ .415/ .514 with a dozen doubles and 11 homers in 177 at-bats in 62 games. He also has 41 walks and 66 strikeouts.
A.J. Preller announces that Jabari Blash will be called up to fill the 25-man roster spot— San Diego Padres (@Padres) July 31, 2016