Travis Jankowski has been called up by the San Diego Padres to become the first Stony Brook everyday player to make it to the show.
By Steven Cifuentes
There’s no doubt about it, Joe Nathan is the most famous alumni to play baseball for the University of Stony Brook. Well move over Joe because you have another Seawolf to add to the list of alumni that made it to the Major Leagues.
Today the San Diego Padres announced that they are calling up Travis Jankowski from Triple-A to replace the recently traded Will Venable on the San Diego Padres roster.
In 2012 Jankowski lead Stony Brook past college baseball powerhouse LSU into the College World Series. A huge feat for a small program like Stony Brook.
The rapid rise to the show mirrors exactly how Jankwoski plays the game. He is known for his speed and being a get dirty gamer.
He missed the entire 2014 after fracturing his wrist and elbow robbing the Texas Rangers Rougned Odor by crashing into the outfield wall to match the catch. The catch was so spectacular it made the Sportscenter Top 10. That is the exact type of player any team would love to have.
In 326 games in his minor league career he has stolen 137 bases. In the 2013 season alone Jankowski swiped 71 bases in single A. This season between AA and AAA he was batting .335 with 32 stolen bases.
The 24 year old outfielder is considered the Padres 5th ranked prospect and should make an immediate impact on the base paths and with his glove.
Stony Brook may be considered a small school, but if Jankowski can have close to the career fellow alum Nathan did, that will be two small school players that made a major impact in the Major Leagues.[su_button url=”https://elitesportsny.com/2015/08/18/new-york-mets-washington-nationals-positional-breakdown/” target=”blank” background=”#000080″ size=”10″ wide=”yes” radius=”0″]NEXT: Mets, Nats Positional Breakdown[/su_button]