With the 381st overall pick in the MLB Draft, the Milwaukee Brewers selected Thomas Jankins out of Quinnipiac University (MAAC).
Not only did he become just the 16th player out of the small university in Hamden, Connecticut to be drafted, but he was the highest overall selection in Quinnipiac baseball history.
Similar to all mid-to-late-round draftees, the 21-year-old Worcester, Massachusetts native is fighting an uphill battle to prove that he can pave his way through the minors and accomplish the childhood dream of pitching under the bright summer lights of a professional baseball stadium.
He took a giant step forward in the right direction in mid-July when was promoted from the Rookie Ball Helena Brewers to the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
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In four games pitched out in Montana, two of which were starts, Jankins pitched to an 0-2 record with a 3.09 ERA. His impressive 14 strikeouts through 11.2 innings and .255 average against certainly raised some eyebrows out west in the Pioneer League.
Even more impressive were his numbers as a starter compared to pitching out of the bullpen. As a reliever, Jankins pitched to a 7.71 ERA with four earned runs, five strikeouts and two home runs against.
On the flip side, the 6’0″ right-hander was literally lights-out when taking the ball in the first inning and starting the ball game.
In two starts, Jankins pitched to two no-decisions with a 0.00 ERA, a goose egg in the earned run department and nine strikeouts over seven dominant innings.
After being called up to Class-A Wisconsin, Jankins has appeared primarily as a starter, pitching to an 0-2 record with a 4.38 ERA.
In his three A-Ball starts, Jankins has pitched to a 3.60 ERA over 10.0 innings with four earned runs and six strikeouts.
Jankins’ next start will be tonight against Jaime Barria (8-5, 3.66 ERA) and the Burlington Bees at Fox Cities Stadium at 7:00 pm CST.
Keep an eye on this hard-throwing right-hander, folks!