Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski celebrates his twenty-fifth birthday today, and his first as a major leaguer. He had already turned 24 when he made his big league debut last August 21; he recorded his first two hits, first run, and first RBI in his first two trips to the plate, and hasn't returned to the minor leagues since. The swift Pennsylvanian has been used in a reserve role this year, his first full major league season, but has managed to accrue 0.5 WAR -- mostly on the strength of his defense -- in 43 games, in 30 of which he spent time in the field (eight starts, five complete games). Jankowski is batting .250/ .357/ .354 with a triple, a homer, and eight walks in 56 plate appearances; he has stolen five bases but has been caught three times, a far cry from the 71-14 ratio he put up in his best minor league season, 2013 with high-A Lake Elsinore.
Two former Padres players were also born on this day. First baseman Tony Clark spent the first half of 2008, the penultimate season of his 15-year major league career, with the Friars. Clark, who attended high school at Christian in El Cajon, and college at San Diego State University, is now the executive director of the MLB Players Association at the young age of 44.
Along with Jankowski and Clark, Champ Summers was also born on this day, 70 years ago. The Vietnam veteran spent the final season of his 11 in the majors as a member of the National League Champion 1984 Padres. He passed away in 2012, aged 66.