Blankenhorn was the Twins 3rd round pick in the 2015 draft. The Twins drafted Jay in the first round, lost a second round pick to sign Santana and then used a supplemental pick to draft Kyle Cody, who did not sign. So, after Jay, Blankenhorn was the Twins next pick, taken #80 overall. Blankenhorn is from Pennsylvania so didn't have the exposure of warm weather players (much like Trey Cabbage and Alex Kiriloff) but impressed before the draft in the showcase circuit.
Blankenhorn hit ok after the draft but had a really big season last year and finished the year in Cedar Rapids at only 19 years old. His combined line was .293/.348/.502 with 10 home runs in only 59 games. His big year moved him up on team rankings and mlbpipeline has him #7 on the Twins list. They wrote
"Blankenhorn is simply a natural hitter from the left side of the plate. While he's still learning the strike zone and refining his approach, he has tremendous instincts with a very direct swing, one that squares the ball up consistently. As he matures, he should continue to grow into power, with the ceiling to be above average in that department, and left-handed pitching doesn't seem to bother him. Where Blankenhorn profiles best defensively is much more in question. A high school shortstop, Blankenhorn mostly played third during his pro debut, then saw more time at second in 2016. A former standout in football and basketball, Blankenhorn is more athletic than one might think, but he's likely to land at an infield corner or left. The good news is his bat should play in either spot.
The Twins are very excited about Blankenhorn's offensive potential, feeling there's more to come as he physically matures. Some see a future Corey Koskie, who had 25 or more homers twice in his Twins career, as a distinct possibility."
He'll start the year back in Cedar Rapids where he might play 2b and 3b but is listed as DH on the team roster. Ideally, we see him move up to Ft Myers at the break and continue to show a big bat.