St. Thomas’ Jabari Blash’s Debut In Major League Baseball Is A Short One
SAN DIEGO — Jabari Blash’s Major League Baseball career lasted about one month.
The Padres designated the St. Thomas native for assignment over the weekend, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune was the first to report.
The Padres gave Blash a shot this season as a Rule 5 pick, but he started just three games and went just 3-for-25 (.120) with 13 strikeouts, and the team ultimately decided to end the experiment.
Blash can be traded to or claimed by any other team willing to add him to its big league roster, but if he clears waivers, he must be offered back to the Mariners, who held his rights prior to the Rule 5 draft.
Blash’s career has been plagued by an inability to consistently make contact with the ball and two previous suspensions for testing positive for banned recreational drugs.
Even before his first major league start in April there were national published reports in error that he had been sent down to the minor leagues.