Travis Jankowski
Travis Jankowski
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cincinnati Reds
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After a wrist injury forced Jankowski to miss the first half of the season, he was relegated to a minor-league role for a month prior to joining the Padres in mid-August. He recorded just a .432 OPS in limited major-league action with a .202 wOBA. He was much more effective in Triple-A, as he carried a .388 BABIP with seven stolen bases in 160 at-bats. Jankowski has above-average contact rates, with a career 89.3 Z-Contact%, but so far he's failed to do much with his contact in the majors. In fact, his barrel rate and average exit velocity both ranking in the bottom 2% of the league in his larger sample in 2018. He was traded in the offseason to Cincinnati, where he will serve as the fourth outfielder although he may be forced into a starting role in center field to begin the season if Nick Senzel is not fully recovered from offseason shoulder surgery. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Reds in December of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Avoids arbitration with Reds
OFCincinnati Reds
December 2, 2019
Jankowski signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Reds on Monday, avoiding arbitration, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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After a solid season with Triple-A El Paso in which he hit .313/.393/.350, Jankowski was traded to the Reds in late October and will remain with the team in 2020. The 28-year-old will likely serve as outfield depth with the major-league club next year, which limits his fantasy value unless injuries occur.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+44%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+40%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+54%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .468 92 7 0 5 3 .171 .261 .207
Since 2017vs Right .673 406 52 4 13 27 .260 .333 .340
2019vs Left .000 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019vs Right .473 22 4 0 0 2 .200 .273 .200
2018vs Left .512 72 7 0 5 3 .188 .278 .234
2018vs Right .716 315 38 4 12 21 .276 .345 .371
2017vs Left .347 18 0 0 0 0 .125 .222 .125
2017vs Right .536 69 10 0 1 4 .203 .299 .237
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+207%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+46%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .683 234 33 3 7 15 .252 .333 .350
Since 2017Away .594 264 26 1 11 15 .235 .308 .286
2019Home .167 6 2 0 0 2 .000 .167 .000
2019Away .513 18 2 0 0 0 .235 .278 .235
2018Home .716 187 25 3 7 11 .263 .339 .377
2018Away .643 200 20 1 10 13 .256 .327 .317
2017Home .598 41 6 0 0 2 .235 .333 .265
2017Away .410 46 4 0 1 2 .146 .239 .171
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Stat Review
How does Travis Jankowski compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
8.3%
 
K Rate
16.7%
 
BABIP
.222
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.182
 
OBP
.250
 
SLG
.182
 
OPS
.432
 
wOBA
.206
 
Exit Velocity
79.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
11.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Jankowski enjoyed a bounce-back season in 2018 after injuries derailed his 2017 campaign. The 27-year-old opened the year in the minors, but was promoted to the big club at the end of April after Wil Myers was placed on the DL. Jankowski immediately settled into the strong side of an outfield platoon, appearing in 117 games (78 of which were starts) and finishing the season with a career-best .259/.332/.346 slash line. The outfielder benefited from improved plate discipline, as he was able to maintain a strong walk rate (9.6%) while dropping his strikeout rate below 20 percent (18.9%) for the first time in his big-league career. Though Jankowski lacks any sort of power (his four homers in 2018 doubled his career total), he's stolen at least 24 bases in two of the last three seasons and the fact that he bats lefty helps in a San Diego outfield consisting mostly of right-handed hitters.
Jankowski's season was abruptly cut short after he suffered a bone bruise in April. He returned, but only in the minors and only for 40 ineffective games at Triple-A. Jankowski is a speed demon, as he needed just 383 plate appearances to steal 30 bases for the Padres in 2016. But Jankowski has never hit more than three home runs in any professional campaign, across any minor-league level. Jankowski's speed, plate discipline and ability to play all three outfield positions make him an option for NL-only reserves, but without the pop, his appeal in mixed leagues is limited. It looks like Jankowski will head into spring training as the team's fourth outfielder, behind Jose Pirela, Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe.
Jankowski emerged as a fantasy darling of sorts, piling up 30 stolen bases despite a part-time role for a significant portion of the season. Just as he did in the minors between Double-A and Triple-A in 2015, Jankowski showed a good eye at the plate (11 percent walk rate), which buoyed a .332 OBP and enabled him to lead off in 71 of the 82 games he started. The Padres scaled back his playing time slightly down the stretch following a late-season promotion of Manuel Margot, and it's possible that Jankowski will be placed in a fourth outfielder role to begin 2017, with Margot and Hunter Renfroe in the mix for Opening Day roster spots. A good defender, Jankowski has the speed and instincts necessary to be an above average center fielder, but he has very limited power and will need to put the ball in play more often (26.1 percent strikeout rate) in order to solidify a starting job, and it's likely that he would be used as part of a strict platoon against right-handed starters.
The Padres pushed Jankowski to San Diego for a late-season callup in 2015, after he started the season at Double-A. Listed at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Jankowski is a speedster with minimal pop and a still developing bat, but his numbers at Double-A and Triple-A point to a potential leadoff hitter at the big league level if everything clicks. His 34-game taste of big league pitching brought a spike in his strikeout rate (25.0-percent), but he's whiffed half that often at each stop going back to High-A in 2014, and he delivered a walk rate north of 10.0 percent at both of his minor-league stops last season. As a basestealer, Jankowski finished 2015 with a 34-for-46 mark across all three levels, hinting at his potential to contribute in that category with steady playing time. The acquisition of Jon Jay from the Cardinals during the offseason gives the Padres a capable alternative to roam center field if it's determined that Jankowski needs more time at Triple-A.
A second-round pick of the Padres in 2012, Jankowski upped his walk rate significantly from his initial abbreviated season (5.1% at Low-A Fort Wayne) to 2013's first full campaign (9.7% at High-A Lake Elsinore), finishing with a slash line of .286/.356/.355 in 493 at-bats. Furthermore, he's a stud on the basepaths, swiping 71 bags in 85 tries. Considering his progress to date, it isn't out of the question that he begins the year at Double-A San Antonio.
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Dealt to Reds
OFCincinnati Reds
October 31, 2019
Jankowski was traded to the Reds on Thursday in exchange for international cap space.
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Rejoins Friars
OFSan Diego Padres
September 1, 2019
Jankowski was recalled from Triple-A El Paso on Sunday.
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Returning to Triple-A
OFSan Diego Padres
August 21, 2019
The Padres optioned Jankowski to Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Rejoins major-league club
OFSan Diego Padres
August 16, 2019
Jankowski was recalled from Triple-A El Paso on Friday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Activated and optioned
OFSan Diego Padres
July 22, 2019
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