Jankowski signed a one-year, $1.165 million contract with the Padres on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Jankowski put together a respectable 2018 campaign, hitting .259/.332/.346 with 24 stolen bases in 117 games for the Padres. While Jankowski is on the outside looking in at a starting gig, the fact that he hits from the left side helps in a San Diego outfield consisting of mostly right-handed hitters.
Jankowski went 3-for-4 with a triple, a home run and a pair of runs scored in Wednesday's 3-2 win over San Francisco. Jankowski turned in his best offensive output of the season, falling a double short of the cycle. The 26-year-old doubled his career high in homers with four, but his primary fantasy asset this year has been his plus speed (24 of 30 on stolen base attempts). Jankowski filled in for Manuel Margot in center Wednesday, and he should resume his fourth-outfielder role over the final four games of the campaign.
Jankowski went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Reds. Jankowski's fifth-inning steal off the duo of Luis Castillo and Tucker Barnhart had to be reviewed, but it ultimately stood for his 22nd swipe of the year. The 26-year-old has been a strong source of speed this season, but he is no longer seeing regular playing time, starting just one of the Friars' last four contests.
Jankowski is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rockies. Jankowski went 6-for-20 with a solo home run and a stolen base while starting six of the Padres' past seven games. The speedy outfielder should continue to see regular action against right-handed pitching, though he'll head to the bench versus lefty starters, as will be the case Sunday with Kyle Freeland on the mound for Colorado. Franmil Reyes replaces Jankowski in right field.
Jankowski is on the bench Wednesday against the Mariners. Jankowski has started just twice in the Padres' last eight games. His previous five days off were all against lefties, but he's now sitting against the right-handed Erasmo Ramirez. Franmil Reyes has started all eight of those aforementioned games while Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe have each starting seven, so that trio appears to be ahead of Jankowski at the moment.