ROUND ROCK, Tx – The Pacific Coast League announced Monday that El Paso Chihuahuas outfielder Travis Jankowski has been named the Player of the Week for April 23-29, 2018.
Jankowski reached base in 18-of-23 plate appearances and his .783 on-base percentage led the PCL, along with his .706 batting average, 12 hits and 1.724 OPS. In five games, Jankowski totaled 16 bases (1 double, 1 home run), drove in four runs, scored five runs and walked five times to only one strikeout.
The 26-year-old recorded multiple hits in each game, highlighted by a three-hit, three-RBI, one-walk performance in an April 23 win against Las Vegas. He also reached base four times in two other El Paso wins, April 25 against Salt Lake (three hits, one walk) and April 28, also against the Bees (two hits, two walks).
Jankowski’s hot play earned him a promotion to San Diego; he got recalled on April 29.
The Pennsylvania native has been in the San Diego organization for his entire seven-year career after being drafted out of Stony Brook University in the first round (44th overall) in 2012. Jankowski has hit .363 (29-for-80) with a .452 on-base percentage and a .902 OPS in 22 games with the Chihuahuas this year. He has spent parts of three seasons in El Paso and batted .329 (104-for-316) with a home run, 34 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 81 games.
Jankowski has also played in 193 career Major League contests, collecting 116 hits, including four home runs. This is his first career Player of the Week award.
Also, Memphis Redbirds left-hander Austin Gomber was named Pitcher of the Week. On April 23 at Iowa, Gomber tied Memphis’ single-game franchise record with a 16-strikeout performance.
Gomber, tabbed as the Cardinals’ top left-handed pitching prospect by Baseball America, received his first Major League call-up on April 29.