Blake was one of the best high school players in Missouri history. Hitting .558 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs his senior season, Blake also hit over .400 for the Prospects and was selected as the 28th overall pick in the first round of the 2004 draft. Forgoing his scholarship to Georgia Tech, Blake rifled through the Dodgers minor leagues and debuted at age 22. In 2008, he drove in six runs during the Dodgers eight games between the Division and Championship series. After playing for the Cubs and Braves, injuries forced Blake to retire in 2013.