Tyrell Jenkins, a former top-100 prospect, began his 2016 campaign with Triple-A Gwinnett, where he posted a 2.91 ERA over 65 innings. Two months into the season, he was shifted from the starting rotation to the bullpen in an effort to speed his path to the big leagues. All went according to plan and the hard-throwing righty was promoted to Atlanta in mid-June. The 24-year-old was granted eight starts, but did not take advantage of his opportunities. After a month-long demotion to Triple-A, he finished the year in the Braves' bullpen. Atlanta had apparently seen enough, swapping declining assets with Texas in an offseason trade that sent Luke Jackson to the Braves. The Rangers then designated Jenkins for assignment and he was claimed by the Reds, before he was later claimed off waivers by the Padres. It is unclear what the Padres intend to do with him in the short term, but Jenkins profiles as a low-to-mid-leverage MLB reliever long term.
Jenkins was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Monday. Jenkins was fantastic in Triple-A for the Braves in 2016 (2.47 ERA over 17 games), but he struggled upon promotion to the majors. As he still had options remaining, the Padres had little reason not to claim him off waivers and give him a shot at making the club out of spring training. The big question will be whether he can ever figure out his control -- Jenkins walked 33 batters in just 52 MLB innings last season, and no matter how many ground balls or strikeouts he induces, that 5.7 BB/9 just won't play.
Jenkins is no longer in the running for one of the final rotation spots in San Diego. He will compete for a long relief role this spring, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Jenkins -- who was claimed off waivers -- was vying for a rotation spot, but a shaky start to the spring (7.20 ERA over five innings) has reduced his opportunities to a bullpen role. The athletic pitcher didn't have much fantasy buzz as a potential starter, and now he can safely be ignored with his Opening Day ceiling being a middle reliever.
Jenkins had a rough outing Saturday, giving up three runs (two earned) on two hits while walking four and striking out none in 1.1 innings of work. This was a huge step backward after his first appearance on Monday, when he threw two clean innings. Jenkins is an athletic pitcher, but the results just haven't been there for the 24-year-old (5.88 ERA in 52 big-league innings last season). He is being given a chance to compete for a rotation spot this spring, but he can't have more outings like Saturday's if he wants to keep his slim chances alive. A move to the bullpen could be an option, but he would only gain some NL-only value if he cracks the Padres' rotation.
Jenkins (elbow) will compete for one of the Padres' final two starter spots, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Jenkins went on a carousel of getting DFA'd and claimed this offseason, but the Padres decided to take a chance on the former top pitching prospect. Manager Andy Green has already told the young pitcher to "go back to being an athlete," inferring that the Braves tried tinkering with his delivery too much. Jenkins will compete for one of the Padres' final spots in the rotation, but he could also make the 25-man roster as a long or middle reliever as well. Even if he makes the club as a starter, he will have to show immediate improvement over last year's 5.88 ERA before fantasy owners would take notice.
Jenkins (elbow) was claimed off waivers by the Padres on Tuesday, the San Diego Union Tribune reports. The Padres are Jenkins' third organization in less than a month, as he was most recently claimed by the Reds last month after being DFA'd by the Rangers. The former top-100 prospect made his big league debut in 2016, posting a 5.88 ERA with 33 walks and 26 strikeouts across 52.0 innings for the Braves. Jenkins spent time as both a starter and a reliever last season, and it's unclear exactly how he fits in San Diego's long-term plan.
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