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 prospect. Manager Andy Green has already told the young pitcher to "go back to being an athlete," implying 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 take notice.
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. Jenkins dealt with ulnar nerve inflammation in his elbow at the end of last season, but he's expected to be ready when spring training arrives.
The Rangers tried to send Jenkins through waivers after acquiring him in a trade with the Braves, and unsurprisingly, they were unsuccessful. Jenkins fits right in on the Reds, as he, like many of their young pitchers, is a former top prospect who is now looking more like a reliever than a starter. It is unclear what the Reds plan to do with the athletic 6-foot-4 righty. He could compete with Robert Stephenson, Cody Reed and Amir Garrett for the No. 5 starter spot, or he could simply head to the bullpen and work in middle relief. Jenkins has posted below-average strikeout rates at every level since Low-A, and his control has been revealed to be suspect in the upper levels, so there is little to get excited about from a fantasy perspective. Additionally he dealt with ulnar nerve inflammation in his elbow at the end of last season, so that will be another factor to pay attention to when spring training arrives.
The 24-year-old came to Texas in a trade earlier in the month, but with the return of left-hander David Rollins, Jenkins lost his spot. He struggled with the big club last year but could appeal to a team looking for low-cost bullpen depth.
Jenkins finished with seven more walks than strikeouts (26:33 K:BB) in 52 innings with the Braves in 2016, and was hit hard when he did put the ball in the strike zone (11 homers). His 5.88 ERA looks bad enough, but his FIP was almost a full run higher at 6.86. The right-hander also battled some ulnar nerve inflammation late in the year, which caused some numbness in his fingers. It's uncertain how he'll be deployed to begin 2017, but Jenkins seems destined to end up in the bullpen full time.
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