West Brookfield native one step away from big league baseball
By Shaun Moriarty
📸Michael Krebs, milb.com
SAN ANTONIO — Just a few short years after wrapping up his high school career on local ballfields, Thomas Jankins is one step away from fulfilling a lifelong dream of pitching in the big leagues.
Jankins, 23, was promoted on Friday to the San Antonio Missions, the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The right-handed pitcher had been playing for Milwaukee’s Double-A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers, in Biloxi, Mississippi.
This is the second time Jankins has made it to the Triple-A level, the highest minor league baseball level below Major League Baseball. According to a press release issued by the Shuckers on Friday, Jankins appeared in one Triple-A game last season, pitching five shutout innings on August 30.
“The 23-year-old righty earns a promotion after going 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts with the Shuckers this season. Jankins tossed the first complete game of his career on April 7 against Birmingham, allowing one unearned run in seven innings of work while retiring the final 17 batters that he faced,” the Biloxi club noted in its press release. “In 2018, Jankins became the first Biloxi Shuckers pitcher ever to win five straight starts and was named a Southern League Midseason All Star.”
In his fourth professional season, Jankins has amassed a minor league record of 20-19 in 65 games, including 56 starts, posting a 3.78 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over 326 innings. He has struck out 266 while walking 80 batters.