Travis Jankowski emerged as a potential first round pick after his performance in the Cape Cod League last summer. Jankowski caught scouts’ attention with his league-leading 57 hits, 7 of which were triples.
Jankowski, in a nutshell, is an athletic outfielder who makes plenty of contact. A left-handed hitter, Jankowski has a solid approach and should not last longer than the sandwich round in this year’s draft.
The 20-year-old has a wide receiver’s build, checking in at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds. Not to be cliché, but he looks great in a uniform. Jankowski has been an integral part of a very talented Stony Brook team and has the skillset to be a top prospect at this time next year.
Defensively, Jankowski has good instincts and sees the ball well off the bat. He’s almost selfish in the outfield; his range has him getting to just about anything in right or left center field. Defense will always be a strength for Jankowski, even if his hit tool doesn’t translate to the upper minors or the big leagues.
I clocked Jankowski at 3.9 seconds from home plate to first base, so his excellent base running numbers are not just a product of good instincts. I took some video of him, but the quality isn’t as good as some of the other stuff that’s out there. You can get a pretty good luck of him at the plate here.
Stony Brook played in a double-header at Albany when I had the chance to scout Jankowski. In the two games, he went 4-for-9 with 5 RBIs and a triple. He’s never going to have anything more than 10-15 home run power (and he may never get there), but it won’t matter if the rest of his tools get where they should.
On the whole, Jankowski is a really nice prospect who could shoot up the prospect scene with a nice showing in the minor leagues towards the end of this season.