Back in mid-November, the Giants agreed to terms on a minor league deal with Kyle Blanks.
On Tuesday, San Francisco announced that 21 players will be in camp as non-roster invitees, and Blanks is one of them.
"I've always liked him," Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow said on KNBR 680 on Wednesday morning. "First of all, I don't like tall hitters. I just don't. They have too much strike zone to cover and normally their swings are too long. And Kyle Blanks is 6'7". He's humongous. But he, for a guy that size, has got a very quick swing. And I've liked him for the longest time."
Blanks, who was selected in the 42nd round of the 2004 draft, only appeared in 44 games over the past two seasons combined.
Over 54 games in 2009, he hit .250 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI for the Padres.
In 2013, he hit .243 with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 88 games.
"I think a couple years ago we were talking about him (Blanks), and you asked me about power that's around the major leagues, and I said Kyle Blanks is a guy that's capable of a 40 or 50 home run year," Krukow said. "Injuries have really hurt him, but he's very athletic for a big guy and he has a legitimate chance to make this club."