Travis Blankenhorn is one of numerous players named a non-roster invitee to Washington Nationals Spring Training.
The Nationals listed Blankenhorn, a Pottsville native, as an outfielder in their list of non-roster invitees.
Blankenhorn has been in pro baseball since 2015, after he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins. He got bounced around the league in 2021, going from the Twins organization, to the Dodgers, the Mariners, and eventually the New York Mets, where he posted solid seasons with the Mets Triple-A team in Syracuse.
He was signed by the Nationals following the 2022 season.
Blankenhorn has appeared in 26 Major League games, all but 2 with the Mets. He’s got 1 career home run and 4 RBI.
A non-roster invite to Spring Training is used by MLB teams on players not currently on the their 40-man roster. It’s used on anyone from minor leaguers to experienced veterans.
With Syracuse in 2022, Blankenhorn smashed 15 homers and drove in 55 runs. He was named the International League Player of the Month in June. An injury ended his season abruptly.
He struggled to get any playing time with the Mets, who had roster depth in areas where Blankenhorn usually plays. That’s not the case with the Nationals.
Here is the Nationals full list of non-roster invitees to their training camp:
- Pitchers: Zach Brzykcy, Gerardo Carrillo, Anthony Castro, Alex Colomé, Hobie Harris, Chad Kuhl, Andrés Machado, Wily Peralta, Tommy Romero, Jackson Tetreault, Alberto Baldonado, Anthony Banda, Sean Doolittle, Evan Lee, Francisco Pérez
- Catchers: Brady Lindsly, Drew Millas
- Infielders: Matt Adams, Michael Chavis, Lucius Fox, Erick Mejia, Leonel Valera
- Outfielders: Yasel Antuna, Blankenhorn, Donovan Casey, Yadiel Hernandez, Derek Hill