Fort Meyers Miracle- Advanced-A 2017 record: 75-60
The Twins Advanced-A level Fort Meyers Miracle won 75 games last season. Manager Ramon Borrego will have a talented squad for the 2018 season and this will be a fun team to follow as they contend for a Florida State League title. Here’s a look at the Miracle Opening Day roster.
Position players: Taylor Grzelakowski, Caleb Hamilton, Mitchell Kranson, Travis Blankenhorn, Lewin Diaz, Brandon Lopez, Nelson Molina, Alex Perez, Jaylin Davis, Jared Foster, Jimmy Kerrigan, Aaron Whitefield
Pitchers: Brady Anderson, Charlie Barnes, Clark Beeker, Adam Bray, Max Cordy, Colton Davis, Tom Hackimer, Logan Lombana, Hector Lujan, Anthony Marzi, Sean Poppen, Alex Robinson, Cody Stashak, Andrew Vasquez, Lachlan Wells, Tyler Wells
One player to keep an eye on
Travis Blankenhorn is ranked number 14 in MLB.com Minnesota Twins Top-30 prospects and his future is bright. The Twins drafted Blankenhorn out of high school in the third round of the 2015 MLB draft. Blankenhorn has been impressive during his first 230 games in the Minors and has a chance to play a huge role in the future for Minnesota.
He hit .251 with a .343 on-base percentage during his first full season of Minor League baseball. Blankenhorn also chipped in 46 extra base hits, 13 home runs, with 69 runs batted in across 508 plate appearances during the 2017 season.
Blankenhorn has shown his versatility defensively by playing second and third base during last season. That trend should continue for him during the 2018 season and will help him reach the Major Leagues with the Minnesota Twins very soon.
However, for him to reach his potential, he will need to improve defensively. Blankenhorn has been adequate at second base with a career .975 fielding percentage. However, his career .914 fielding percentage at third base is terrible and third base will be his easiest path to MLB.
As the Twins move forward, third base is the biggest question on the infield and Blankenhorn could be the answer. However, as you’ll see with the next team on this list, Blankenhorn has some talented players ahead of him within the organization right now. Let’s take a look at the Chattanooga Lookouts Opening Day roster.