Blankenhorn was an outstanding athlete in high school, one who played three sports in Pennsylvania. The Twins hoped that would translate well when he focused on baseball only as a pro after they took him in the third round of the 2015 Draft. But after a solid 2017 season in the Midwest League, Blankenhorn struggled with a move to the Florida State League in 2018, particularly in the second half, then scuffled in the Arizona Fall League.
Blankenhorn is still young enough and has shown enough glimpses with his left-handed swing to give hope he can figure things out at the plate. There is some power there and especially when he got into that second-half funk, his overall approach regressed. While he is a solid athlete, it hasn't translated to his defensive game consistently as the Twins continue to try to find the right spot for him on the diamond. He's played a lot of third and second base thus far in his career and started to mix in some left field in 2018. Look for him to see more time there and at second in the future.
After last year's struggles, Blankenhorn needs to hit the reset button. Improved plate discipline and/or finding a way for him to leverage his swing to access more power will be a focus for him moving forward.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos placed 2B Travis Blankenhorn on the 7-day injured list retroactive to July 14, 2019.
2B Travis Blankenhorn assigned to Pensacola Blue Wahoos from Fort Myers Miracle.
2B Travis Blankenhorn assigned to Minnesota Twins.
2B Travis Blankenhorn assigned to Fort Myers Miracle from Cedar Rapids Kernels.
3B Travis Blankenhorn assigned to Minnesota Twins.
Cedar Rapids Kernels activated 3B Travis Blankenhorn from the 7-day disabled list.
Cedar Rapids Kernels placed 3B Travis Blankenhorn on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 10, 2017. Lower back strain.
3B Travis Blankenhorn assigned to Cedar Rapids Kernels from Elizabethton Twins.
3B Travis Blankenhorn assigned to Elizabethton Twins from GCL Twins.