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#MLBPlayers411 | Charlie Blackmon

   07-03-2017
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It's not often you see a leadoff hitter near the top of the league in RBIs, but centerfielder and today's #MLBPlayers411 subject, Charlie Blackmon, is doing just that with the Colorado Rockies this season. With 58 RBIs and counting, Charlie is pacing a Rockies lineup that is near the top of the National League in the major offensive stat categories and is on his way to his second All-Star Game, after finishing second in voting among NL outfielders.   

Charlie is currently just eight RBIs behind Paul Goldschmidt's league-leading tally of 66.

While Charlie is doing his part at the top of the Rockies order, he still put the team first after learning he was heading to Miami.

“We're playing well and getting some national exposure, if nothing else, so that means that our team's success is better than it has been in the past," Blackmon said in a team release.”

Charlie was born in Dallas, but raised in Suwanee, Ga., where he graduated from North Gwinnett High School. During his high school playing days, Charlie was a pitcher. Following graduation, Charlie spent two years at Young Harris College where he won 15 games and struck out 138 batters in 127 innings. He was recruited by Georgia Tech following his freshman season to transfer, but Charlie promised Young Harris College he would give them at least two seasons. He was drafted as a pitcher by the Florida Marlins following his freshman season and by the Boston Red Sox after his sophomore year.

Instead of going pro, Charlie transferred to Georgia Tech following his sophomore season. Elbow tendinitis forced Charlie to redshirt the 2007 season and reconsider his path in baseball, making the decision to concentrate on playing the outfield. As a junior in 2008, Charlie batted .396 with eight home runs and 25 stolen bases as the Yellow Jackets' leadoff hitter.

The Colorado Rockies saw Charlie's leadoff potential and selected him in the second round of the 2008 Draft. After three years in the minors, Charlie made his major league debut on June 7, 2011 against the Padres.

Charlie's breakout 2014 season resulted in his first All-Star Game appearance. He showed his leadoff prowess on April 4 that season when he collected six hits—including three doubles and a homer—scored four runs and tallied five RBI, becoming the fifth player in major league history to have six hits, five RBIs, and four extra-base hits in a single game.

Charlie officially graduated from Georgia Tech in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in finance.

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