Blandino earns call-up to Triple-A Louisville

Rain had just rolled through Pensacola on a June afternoon and Alex Blandino sat in the dugout as he talked about his goals as a baseball player.

He was in the midst of one of the greatest stretches of his career at the time and made one thing clear.

“The goal is to move up. I don’t want to be in Double-A forever,” Blandino said.

At least for now, he won’t have to worry about that. The middle infielder for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos got the call-up to Triple-A Louisville right after the Southern League All-Star break last month.

It was welcome news for the 2014 first-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds who points out the high expectations placed on his shoulders don’t excuse him from putting in work.

“I was drafted high and that definitely validates the work I did in college, but once you are in the system, you aren’t better than anyone else,” Blandino said. “You still have to work and earn what you get.”

Read the full article in the July 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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