Jennings is Healthy and Producing in Double-A

May 13, 2009 at 9:33 am Leave a comment

(Photo by Tim Saunders)

Rays top prospect Desmond Jennings is a legit 5-tool talent that has been hampered by injuries. Because of injuries, had Jennings only 102 plate appearances in his first stint in High-A ball and should have started the year back in High-A but the Rays took a chance and put him in Double-A and he is proving the Rays were justified in promoting him.

Jennings missed a couple months with back problems last year then hurt his left shoulder while rehabbing his back. According to industry people, Jennings tried to play through the pain. Jennings knows that the best way for him to be promoted is by him staying on the field. He already posseses plus speed, a plus patience, an above-average arm, great instincts, and plus hitting tools. The power will come, too.

I, personally, thought the lost time was going to hinder Jennnigs and that he would be in High-A and get promoted during the year to Double-A if his performance was suffice. Well, the Rays put him in Double-A anyway and he has not stopped raking.

Through Tuesday night’s game, Jennings is hitting .394/.434/.606 with a wOBA of .466 and 8 doubles, 5 triples, 3 homers, 9 steals (in 12 tries), a 9/19 BB/K rate, 26 runs, and 22 RBI in 127 at-bats. He has yet to make an error and has 4 assists in CF this year. He is hitting .484 (15-31) against lefties too.

Jennings very well could get a call-up to Triple-A later this summer and he could force the Rays hands if he continues to perform like this at higher levels. Jennings is a potential star and every Rays fan should be excited at the prospect of an outfield with Carl Crawford, Desmond Jennings, and B.J. Upton.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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