The Texas Rangers will be without ALCS MVP Adolis Garcia for the remainder of the World Series after he suffered a moderate strain of the oblique in Game 3.
In Game 4, his replacement in right field will be nine-year veteran Travis Jankowski who is known for his speed and fielding prowess.
Here are five things to know about the Rangers replacement for Garcia.
1. Jankowski was on one of the most improbable Collge World Series teams in recent memory when he helped unheralded Stony Brook upset LSU and the future No. 7 pick in the MLB draft Aaron Nola in the Super Regional. Jankowski was the 2012 America East Player of the Year and was selected as an All-American for his efforts that season.
2. Jankowsi is a threat on the basepaths and once stole 71 bases in a single season in the minor leagues in a season that was cut short when he sprained his ankle in an accident at a swimming pool.
3. As a child, Jankowski had a fascination with the popular children’s show Mister Rogers Neighborhood and was given the nickname Freddy in homage to the show’s host Fred Rogers.
4. When playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Jankowski was mistaken for former Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo due to both players having long blond hair.
5. No player in the history of Stony Brook was drafted higher than Jankowski’s 44th overall selection in 2012. Jankowski was inducted into the Stony Brook Hall of Fame in 2017.