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Walker Jenkins was arguably the top pre-draft prep hitter and clearly the top prep prospect from the 2023 class after most had a chance to make their pro debuts. As is typically the case with elite high school hitters, Jenkins went to his team's complex league after signing and then got a taste of Single-A to close the season. Usually, even the best such hitters will show some minor weakness at one of the two stops. Jackson Holliday eviscerated complex-league pitching and while he walked over a quarter of the time, he didn't hit for power at Single-A. Royce Lewis saw a similar power dip at Single-A. Kyle Tucker and Bobby Witt didn't even force a promotion to Single-A the years they were drafted. Jenkins showed zero weaknesses at either stop, and in fact upped his batting average (.333 to .392), OBP (.390 to .446) and SLG (.537 to .608) while cutting his K% from 13.6 to 10.7 after the jump to Single-A. Dylan Crews, the No. 2 overall pick in 2023 and three years older than Jenkins, did similar damage at Single-A (182 wRC+ for Jenkins, 192 wRC+ for Crews), but the elder Crews struck out at almost three times (26.8 K%) Walker's clip. Obviously a 26-game sample against low-level pitching that includes a .432 BABIP at Single-A doesn't mean Jenkins will be a future first-round pick in fantasy, but he seems like as safe a bet as we've seen from the prep ranks to be an excellent big-league hitter. The chiseled and athletic 6-foot-3, 210-pound lefty-hitting outfielder has a chance for plus or better tools across the board.

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  • Twins' Walker Jenkins: Begins rehab assignment

    Jenkins (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment Monday with the Twins' rookie-level Florida Complex League affiliate, Sam Dykstra of reports. Jenkins made just one plate appearance for Single-A Fort Myers before straining his left hamstring and landing on the 7-day injured list. As one the top prospects in baseball heading into the season, Jenkins was thought to be in store for a brief pit stop at Fort Myers to begin the season before heading to High-A Cedar Rapids, but the injury could slow his ascent through the Twins' farm system.
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  • Twins' Walker Jenkins: Lands on IL with strained hamstring

    Jenkins was placed on the 7-day injured list Monday with Single-A Fort Myers due to a strained left hamstring. He exited Friday's game with the injury, which also happened to be Opening Day for the Mighty Mussels, so Jenkins has just one plate appearance (and one strikeout) to his name this season. The expectation is that once Jenkins is healthy, he will quickly force a promotion to High-A, as he had a 1.054 OPS in 12 games at Single-A last year and is one of the best prospects in baseball.
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  • Twins' Walker Jenkins: Leaves game with hamstring injury

    Jenkins left Single-A Fort Myers' game Friday against Tampa early with a hamstring issue, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. Jenkins missed some time in spring training due to a quadricep strain, so it's less than ideal that he's dealing with another soft-tissue injury coming out of Fort Myers' first game of the season. He struck out in his lone at-bat Friday before departing.
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  • Twins' Walker Jenkins: Nursing quad strain

    Jenkins won't play Saturday in the Twins' Spring Breakout game against the Rays due to a quadricep strain, Bobby Nightengale of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Jenkins is still able to hit but was scratched because he's not able to run at full speed. The top prospect is expected to be good to go by the time the minor-league season begins in early April. Jenkins dominated during a short stint at Single-A Fort Myers in 2023 but could head back to the affiliate to start the 2024 season, given that he just turned 19 less than a month ago.
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  • Twins' Walker Jenkins: Bumped to Single-A

    Jenkins was promoted to Single-A Fort Myers on Tuesday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. The No. 5 overall pick in this year's draft, Jenkins wasted no time forcing a promotion from the Florida Complex League. The 18-year-old outfielder slashed .333/.382/.549 with two home runs, three steals and a 12.7 percent strikeout rate in 55 plate appearances.
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