With the 1st pick in the 34th Round (1029th overall), the Astros select 6'0" 195lb RHP J.J. Jankowski, a Senior out of Catawba College in North Carolina (transferring from Miami of Ohio).
In not-so-good news, it seems as though his teammates voted Jankowski off the team in mid-May, for apparently requesting that his next start be pushed back a day in order to attend a pre-draft workout. Head coach Jim Gantt:
“Jankowski’s not with us — he’s not with us any longer. It’s a team decision, and we’re gonna move on. You’re with us or you’re not with us. You’ve got to be all in...It’s a tough situation. It’s not like Jankowski hasn’t been really important to us, but this is what his teammates are going to remember him for, and that’s sad. I do know our guys have banded together. They’re gonna go out and compete.”
Prior to that, Jankowski was 9-2 with a 3.79 ERA for Catawba. He threw 90.1IP, and allowed 81H/38ER, 126K:24BB, and a .241 BAA.
90 mph FB, CB shows promise, can hit too. PG Predraft - 92 on mound, showed catching ability and serious power potential.
He was selected to the 2012 Daktronics Division II All-Southeast Region Team.