I just don't understand the high marks given Travis Blankenhorn.We the fans keep hearing about his potential. But the stats don't bare any of that out. He's had 4 years in the organization and has yet to have a breakout season. He strikes out a ton. Doesn't hit for average, has a little-not a lot of pop and average speed. I hope this is the year that he puts it all together. But I don't see where he merits a #18 ranking.
Seth and I traded a couple posts about Blenkenhorn as well the past couple of days. Remember, this is position players, not a top 40 list. When you factor in pitching prospects, he is not #18, but somewhere in the 30 range probably. Color me disappointed in Blenkenhorn and even more so in Cabbage, both great athletes with vast potential who have yet to distinguish themselves. Just focusing on Blenkenhorn, if you look only at his numbers you would be disappointed for sure. If you look at numbers, read scouting reports, and follow the ebbs and flows of his career close enough, you would see peeks and valleys where he has hit very well with bursts of power and potential and production. You would see attributes of decent speed and smart play. You would see the ability to field at 2B, 3B, and OF. But no question the lack of consistency is disappointing.
I am about ready to give up on Cabbage at this point. But still 22 until August, I remain hopeful for Blackenhorn. The tools are there. I will not say 2019 is a make or break season for him. But with all his talent, 3 1/2 years in, I feel it's his year to begin to find consistency and shine.