Baseball right choice for Blankenhorn

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.

Read the full article in the June 27 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year. Visit to view subscription options.

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