Card: 2013 Topps #US183
Jeffrey Thomas Bianchi (born October 5, 1986 in Lampeter, PA) is a former professional baseball shortstop and current hitting coach for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He appeared in MLB over a four year period for the Milwaukee Brewers and the Boston Red Sox.
As a high school senior, Bianchi hit .516 with 15 home runs, 48 runs scored and 48 RBI in 91 at-bats. He was named Gatorade High School Player of the Year for Pennsylvania in 2005. Baseball America named him a second-team All-American infielder, with the first team spots going to C.J. Henry, P.J. Phillips and Justin Upton.
Jeff was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the second round of the 2005 amateur draft and signed by scout Sean Rooney. He had a superb pro debut with the AZL Royals, hitting .408/.484/.745 with 30 runs scored and 29 RBI in 28 games. He was named the Arizona League All-Star shortstop and would have led in average, slugging and OBP had he qualified. Baseball America ranked him the league's 4th-best prospect.
Jeff's most extensive big league time came the next season with Milwaukee. In 100 games, he batted .237/.272/.292 with a home run and 25 RBI in 252 plate appearances. A free agent after the 2014 season, he saw his last big league time in a fruitless 3 game cameo with the Boston Red Sox in 2015. He played on the USA National Team at the 2015 Pan American Games.
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