What do Sox have in Bladergroen?

John Sickels looks at the player the Red Sox acquired in the Doug Mientkiewicz trade.

Originally Published: January 28, 2005
By John Sickels | Special to ESPN.com

Mike in Boston writes: I'm a die-hard Red Sox fan and am wondering about first baseman Ian Bladergroen, who the Sox acquired in the Doug Mientkiewicz trade. It appears that he had a good year last year in the Class A South Atlantic League, but how would you rate him now.

Yes, Bladergroen had an excellent year in the South Atlantic League. He hit .342 with a .397 OBP and .595 SLG. His OPS was plus-34 percent compared to Sally League average. Not bad for a guy who was basically unknown before ...

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