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Jordan Jankowski is only one step away from the major leagues.
The right-hander from Peters Township is a relief pitcher with the Houston Astros' Class AAA Fresno farm club in the Pacific Coast League. He has worked exclusively out of the bullpen for the first time in his four-year professional career after splitting time between starting and relieving.
Jankowski, 26, is 3-2 with one save and a 3.75 ERA in 31 games. He has allowed 40 hits in 36 innings while striking out 40 and walking 20.
That Jankowski is a pitching prospect is a bit of a surprise as he made his mark as a power-hitting catcher in high school. He hit 36 home runs in four seasons while leading Peters Township to back-to-back WPIAL titles in his final two years.