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Cleveland MLB team reportedly considering name change

Other Baseball Today, 11:00 PM
This is an AP article I lifted from the StarTribune web site.   https://www.startrib...sure/571623572/
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Watch the Live Play-by-Play of the Virtual Twins Playoffs

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:07 PM
With the real Twins around the corner, I have elected to sim to the playoffs to try and tease how the real club will do this fall, and as...
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Bonus Twins Schedule Stat

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Didn't see this posted elswhere. From The Athletic
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The #5 pitcher on the 1965 Twins

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Tim Flattery had a conversation with Dwight Siebler, who was the 5th start on the 1965 Twins World Series team (the Sandy Koufax series)....
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I think I miss baseball

Other Baseball Today, 07:27 PM
So I just picked up OOTP 21 on the Steam Summer Sale, and I played my first game.   It was a 21 inning game.I played it pitch by pit...
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Get To Know: Infielder Travis Blankenhorn

A year ago at this time, Travis Blankenhorn was beginning his senior basketball season at Pottsville High School. A tremendous athlete, he was named his league’s Player of the Year and reached over 1,500 points. He was also touted as a fantastic defensive back in his prep years. However, it was on the baseball diamond that Blankenhorn made a name for himself.

Recently, Twins Daily had the chance to get to know a little more about Travis Blankenhorn.
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After taking hard-throwing college pitchers with their first two draft picks in 2015, the Minnesota Twins used their third-round pick (80th overall) to select infielder Travis Blankenhorn. He signed pretty quickly and reported to Ft. Myers. He played 14 games with the GCL Twins before moving up to Elizabethton where he played the final 39 games.

He participated in the Twins Florida Instructional League and will head to spring training for the first time next March with a chance to begin his first full season in Cedar Rapids.

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Seth Stohs: Drafted by the Twins in the 3rd round... is that about where you thought you might be selected before the draft?

Travis Blankenhorn: Yes, that is around where I expected to be, but that draft is unpredictable so you never know what could happen. I was hoping to be in the 100 picks of the draft, so I was happy to be able to meet that goal.


SS: You had the commitment to play for Gary Henderson at Kentucky. How difficult was the decision to sign, or did you know you wanted to sign all along?

TH: It was an extremely difficult decision for me and my family. Kentucky is an excellent program, competing in one of the best conferences in the NCAA. Coach Henderson and Coach Bohannon were great to me during the process and that made making a decision even more difficult.


SS: What was the biggest adjustment you had to make, going from the high school and amateur season to the pro game? On or off the field?

TH: I would say the biggest adjustment was adapting to the pitching. The level of competition from the high school game to the pro game is noticeable.


SS: You played shortstop primarily in high school. You played various places in your short GCL stint, and solely third base in Elizabethton. Defense is obviously important to the Twins and any team, but where do you feel most comfortable and where do you think is the best position for you?

TH: I feel like I am a versatile player, and I am able to play many positions, but after playing 3rd base, I feel comfortable there.


SS: In these early stages of your career, what would you say are your biggest strengths as a player?

TH: I think the strongest part of my game is when I am at the plate trying to help my team win the game.


SS: What are the things that you feel you need to improve over the offseason and going forward?

TH: Just trying to improve every aspect of my game so that I can be the best possible player.


SS: Growing up in Pennsylvania, who was your favorite team to follow, and who were some of your favorite players?

TH: The Pirates were always my favorite team to follow growing up. My favorite player is Andrew McCutchen.


SS: What were some of the highlights of your high school and amateur career? (What other sports or activities did you participate in?)

TH: I played football for three years going both ways, along with punting and kicking, and received all-state honors my junior year. I played basketball for four years and my team won three league championships and a district championship. I also reached 1000 points in my career and rank second all-time in scoring at my school. I also received all-state honors in basketball my senior year. I played baseball for four years and my team won two league championships and a district championships.


SS: What was the highlight of your first professional baseball season?

TH: My favorite memory of pro ball is my first home run at Elizabethton.


SS: What are your plans for the offseason? Baseball Training, but also what do you enjoy doing away from the game of baseball?

TH: My plans for the off season are to work out with my trainer, Russ Frantz, and continue to improve myself physically. Away from baseball, I plan to do some hunting.


SS: Who are some of the coaches and others who have helped you get to this point in your career?

TH: There have been many coaches who have helped me along the way. My travel coaches, Mark Helsel and Greg Kinneman, were very influential and helpful to me. My high school baseball coaches, Mike Welsh and Ed Terefinko and my high school basketball coach Dave Mullaney all played a role in my development. Also, my family, for supporting me and helping me throughout the whole process.



We would like to thank Travis Blankenhorn for taking time to answer our questions. Please feel free to comment or ask questions

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HitInAPinch
Oct 28 2015 06:47 AM

Since he is versatile, can he catch?

 

Watching some YouTube videos, is PA's are half and half:he commits the lower half of his body to a swing, but not always the upper.But, geez, he's 19 and in his first year in pro ball.A lot to look forward too.

    • nytwinsfan likes this

He's definitely one to watch. Seems like he has a lot of tools for a young guy, and he is a cold weather HS multi-sport player, both of which are factors that sometimes hide additional upside once they start practicing and playing just one sport year round.

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You know Pottsville is the home of Yuengling...

 

Hope I helped.

    • gunnarthor, James and Badsmerf like this

Nice interview, Seth.

 

I mentioned it before but I really liked both the Blankenhorn and Cabbage picks.  Hopefully, they become big time prospects for us.

 

    • diehardtwinsfan likes this
Thanks for doing the interview, both of you!

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