Name: Travis Jankowski | Position: Centerfield | Video: No
Organization: San Diego Padres | Current Team: Lake Elsinore (High-A)
DOB: September 25, 1991 | Age: 22
Height: 6’3” | Weight: 190
Draft: Round 1, No. 44, 2012| Bonus: $975,000 (via Baseball America)
Games Seen: 5+ | Date(s): Many. Most recent: 8/9; 8/13
Next Year: Double-A | ML Arrival: 2015
Top Class: ML | Risk: Moderate
Physical/Body: Body indicates a college track/cross country star. Long, lanky and skinny. Gazelle.
Hit: High elbow swing that is all hands and arms. Contact hitter, but the swing has some “miss” in it because of the bat path, which can lead to strikeouts. Will take the top hand off often. Bat speed doesn’t standout and player doesn’t make hard contact often. Decent approach at the plate with the ability to hit the ball to the left side of the diamond, which leads to plenty of infield hits. Needs to improve his contact rate so he can do more of that. However, even in a perfect world, I don’t think the player is going to hit enough at the next level to profile as a regular.
Power: Lacks strength to lift or drive balls in batting practice. Hard to see hitter improving in that aspect, because of build. Power just won’t be part of his game even in the future, and so far this season, he hasn’t shown gap power either.
Run: Player’s best tool that is very real with in-game utility that plays in all phases of the game. Long and quick strides. Have clocked player anywhere from a time that would earn a 65 or 70 grade, which will hold into the future. Big stolen base ability because of speed and reads on pitchers that allow player to get big jumps.
Arm: Arm is solid-average in center. Not strong enough to profile in right field, but at least it’s strong enough that wouldn’t warrant a left field profile. 50 present/future arm strength.
Fielding: Covers plenty of ground in the outfield with solid reads and routes going in either direction, allowing him to play a good center. Can turn on the burners, but doesn’t always do it on balls driven back. 45/55 present/future fielding.
Overall: Extra outfielder that strictly profiles in center. The lack of arm strength doesn’t allow the player to profile in right field while the poor power won’t play in either corner spot. The speed is very real and the in-game utility is there — a huge positive for a player that lacks other loud tools. But I’m not confident in the hit tool playing at the next level.