LAREDO’S BRADLEY BLANKS HEADED TO ARIZONA

LAREDO'S BRADLEY BLANKS HEADED TO ARIZONA

Durham, N.C. – The American Association has announced that the contract of Laredo Lemurs RHP Bradley Blanks was sold to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization on Thursday.

Blanks was dominant out of the bullpen for Laredo over the last two seasons, going a combined 8-2 with a 1.49 ERA in 56 appearances, all in relief. The native of Fort Mill, S.C., walked just 19 hitters while striking out 46 in 72.2 innings of work.

Previously, Blanks spent time in affiliated baseball with the Milwaukee and Philadelphia organizations; he reached the Double-A level with the Brewers in 2012, prior to joining Laredo. 2013 marked his fifth season in professional baseball. Blanks began his professional career with Evansville of the Frontier League in 2008 after playing collegiately at South Carolina-Upstate.

The 28-year-old is the second American Association player this week to be sold to a big-league organization. The 2013 Player of the Year, Wichita 1B C.J. Ziegler, had his contract purchased by the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.