Catholic’s Jankowski now with Reds

Lancaster Catholic grad Travis Jankowski has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds. Here he is at the plate Sunday.

After a wrist injury forced Jankowski to miss the first half of the 2019 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.