The Phillies have signed outfielder Travis Jankowski to a minor league deal, the team announced. Jankowski receives an invitation to the Phillies’ big league Spring Training camp.
Jankowski can play all three outfield positions and has graded out as an average-to-plus defender (as per UZR/150 and Defensive Runs Saved) at all three spots, which could help him win a job amidst a lot of competition. Jankowski will head to the Grapefruit League to battle with Adam Haseley, Roman Quinn, Matt Joyce, and Mickey Moniak for a backup outfielder role, and if he doesn’t make the team, Jankowski would be a useful depth piece in the minors.
A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Jankowski has signed on with his local team after spending five seasons with the Padres and the 2020 season with the Reds. Jankowski didn’t see much action with Cincinnati, receiving only 17 plate appearances over 16 games. Between last season and a 2019 campaign that included a long IL stint due to a broken wrist, Jankowski has appeared in only 41 MLB games in two years after getting semi-regular playing time with San Diego in 2016 and 2018. The 29-year-old has hit .238/.315/.313 over 994 career plate appearances.