Player Analysis of Jankowski and his limited fantasy value
Travis Jankowski of the San Diego Padres is quietly been putting up nice numbers since being recalled from Triple-A El Paso in late April.
How good? Try batting .349 with 1 home run, 8 runs scored, 3 stolen bases, and just one RBI. His average is solid and has potential to help you in stolen bases and runs categories. He seems like the perfect guy for deep league help based on these numbers in just 13 games.
Well, I wouldn't say perfect guy for a few pretty obvious reasons.
Jankowski is playing for the Padres, who have a 16-26 record with just 156 runs scored and a -46 Run Differential, according to the latest standings. Only 3 teams have scored fewer runs than the Padres, so clearly his RUNS and RBI has some pretty big limitations. However, as long as he can keep getting on base then he could continue to rack up stolen bases.
Another thing that will hurt Kankowski's value is that his location in the lineup. In 13 games, his average slot in the lineup is sitting at 1.8. He has done a great job as a leadoff hitter, but that will of course limit his RBI upside in an already poor hitting lineup.
Plus Jankowski will likely lose playing time when Wil Myers gets back from the DL and the Padres just called up hot prospect Franmil Reyes. There is only so much playing time to go around with Wil Myers, Franchy Cordero, Manuel Margot, and Jose Pirela in the mix.
In fact, you should probably just skip Jankowski and go straight to picking up Reyes. Tune in tomorrow for our post about him.