Kent Blackstone

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Kent Blackstone

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 185 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Kent Blackstone has played in the independent leagues and for the Great Britain national team.

Blackstone was born in Texas but raised in Virginia. He was team MVP as a high school senior and also was point guard on the basketball team. [1] He hit .229/.367/.340 as a freshman at New Mexico State and .251/.388/.365 as a sophomore, with 30 walks and 35 runs in 52 games. He transferred to George Mason and improved to .256/.380/.446 with 42 RBI and 8 triples in 51 games in '15. He set a GMU record for three-baggers. [2] He tied for 3rd in NCAA Division I in triples, one off the pace. [3] As a senior, his batting line slipped to .247/.357/.387 with 30 runs and 32 RBI in 51 games.

Turning pro, he split the summer of 2017 between the Westside Wooly Mammoths (.214/.316/.308 in 50 G) and High Desert Yardbirds (0 for 4, 6 BB), playing primarily third base. In '18, he played for High Desert (.330/.453/.537, 53 R, 51 RBI, 37 SB, 8 CS, 44 BB in 56 G) and the Martinez Clippers (.349/.451/.663, 23 R, 24 RBI in 23 G). He was 4th in the high-offense Pecos League in swipes. Starting at second base for the 2019 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, he hit .237/.334/.327 with 50 walks and 25 steals in 34 attempts. He joined the Auckland Tuatara for the 2019-2020 Australian Baseball League, replacing Jeremy Vasquez. [4] He hit .231/.276/.389 for Auckland, fielding .984 as their main second sacker and forming a double play combo with future major leaguer Yonny Hernández.

Back with Southern Maryland for 2021, he batted .219/.331/.357. He then started at second for the British team in the 2021 European Championship. He led off in their opener, being retired by Owen Ozanich his first time up. He was hit by Ozanich and scored a run in the 3rd. In the 6th, he hit a two-run double off Eric Moore to score Kennard Dawson and Nateshon Thomas as part of a 1-for-4 day. A low spot was a three-error game versus Belgium. He finished the Euros at .231/.333/.308 with six runs and five RBI in six games, going 1-for-2 in steals and fielding .846. He tied for third in the Euros in errors (one behind Denys Brechko and Felix Brown). He tied Gabriel Rincones Jr. and Aaron Singh for the team lead in runs. [5]