TAMPA — First time is the charm for Travis Blankenhorn of the Fort Myers Miracle. Competing in his first Florida State League All-Star Game home run derby, he took the trophy Friday at Steinbrenner Field with 31 home runs.
"Feels pretty good especially after a long night with great competitors against me," Blankenhorn said. "We all did our best and just had a fun time."
Blankenhorn, drafted by the Twins in the third round in 2015, improved throughout the three rounds hitting eight, 11, then 12 home runs, besting the Daytona Tortugas' Taylor Trammell, who had 29 overall.
"Competitors were all doing great; they were hitting bombs out of here. We all know they were long rounds," Blankenhorn said. "I was getting tired, but it was good the way we all competed."
Through 59 games this season, Blankenhorn has six home runs and 27 RBIs. Saturday will be his second FSL All-Star Game. Action starts at 6:30 p.m.
"It was a great time last year; we had a great environment in the dugout and locker room, and I just expect it to be a lot of fun (Saturday)."