Travis Blankenhorn was a pretty good high school athlete in Pennsylvania. He was a star on the football field, playing both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. He was also a 1,000-point scorer in basketball. In fact, he finished his prep hoops career ranked second all-time in school history.
But he knew if he was going to get paid to play a sport, baseball was his ticket to a paycheck.
“I loved basketball and football, but I looked into the future and knew what sport I really had a chance at. I knew if I was going to have a chance to play at the next level, it was going to be baseball,” Blankenhorn said.
He chose wisely.
The third-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2015 and Southern League All-Star hit close to .300 (.294) in the first half of the season, coming through with 59 hits and driving in 30 runs since his promotion to the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos April 25. He started the year with High-A Advanced Fort Myers.
“The thing I’ve changed the most is my hitting approach. I’m trying to be more consistent,” Blankenhorn said.
He has shown that consistency most of the season.