Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Pottsville Area Senior Chosen in MLB Draft
Travis Blankenhorn, a Pottsville Area senior, was chosen in the third round, pick #80 by the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.
Per the MLB Draft web site, they described Blankenhorn as
A left-handed-hitting infielder from eastern Pennsylvania, Blankenhorn had a very good summer on the showcase circuit, playing well at both the East Coast Pro Showcase in Syracuse and the Metropolitan Baseball Classic held at Citi Field in New York. That performance didn't carry over at first to this spring, but he started coming on strong as the spring wore on. Strong and athletic, Blankenhorn has a solid left-handed swing and a good approach at the plate. There is some raw power to tap into from his frame, though he'll have to make sure he doesn't get too stiff and muscle-bound. A shortstop in high school, he'll likely move to an infield corner, where his above-average arm and solid hands should play well. Whether Blankenhorn can profile as an everyday corner infielder remains to be seen, but those who see his plus makeup and work ethic won't want to count him out.