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Desmond Jennings

27-Year-Old Outfielder – Tampa Bay Rays

2014 Stats

AVG

.276

HR

1

RBI

5

R

8

SB

1

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Jennings entered 2013 with high expectations replacing B.J. Upton as the everyday center fielder for the Rays. While he did not take off into a game-changing player, his numbers were very similar to t...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 200   DOB: 10/30/1986   BORN: Birmingham, AL   COLLEGE: Itawamba (MS) CC   DRAFTED: 10th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Desmond Jennings Contract Information:

Signed a minor league contract for 2008.

April 22, 2014  –  Desmond Jennings News

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Desmond Jennings Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 20 A Col 99 432 387 75 122 35 21 5 9 37 45 15 45 53 0 0 0 .315 .401 .465 .866
2008 21 A Ver 24 102 85 17 22 8 5 1 2 6 5 2 14 16 2 1 0 .259 .360 .412 .772
2009 22 AA MON 99 435 379 69 119 41 25 8 8 44 36 5 47 50 0 4 5 .314 .393 .485 .878
2009 22 AAA DUR 32 137 115 23 37 11 6 2 3 17 15 2 19 15 0 2 1 .322 .416 .487 .903
2010 23 AAA Dur 108 458 399 82 111 34 25 6 3 36 37 4 47 67 5 1 6 .278 .362 .393 .755
2010 23 MAJ TAM 17 24 21 5 4 2 1 1 0 2 2 2 2 4 0 0 1 .190 .292 .333 .625
2011 24 AAA Dur 89 397 338 68 93 34 19 3 12 39 17 1 45 78 4 1 9 .275 .374 .456 .830
2011 24 MAJ TB 63 287 247 44 64 23 9 4 10 25 20 6 31 59 3 0 6 .259 .356 .449 .805
2012 25 A+ Cha 1 3 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000
2012 25 AAA Dur 3 12 12 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .334
2012 25 MAJ TB 132 563 505 85 124 39 19 7 13 47 31 2 46 120 6 1 5 .246 .314 .388 .702
2013 26 A+ Cha 1 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .666
2013 26 MAJ TB 139 602 527 82 133 51 31 6 14 54 20 8 64 115 3 5 3 .252 .334 .414 .748
2014 27 MAJ TB 18 70 58 8 16 7 6 0 1 5 1 0 11 18 1 0 0 .276 .391 .431 .822
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Desmond Jennings
3-Year Averages MAJ   111 483 426 70 107 36 19 5 12 42 23 5 47 98 4 2 4 .251 .330 .404 .734
Career  (View All) MAJ   369 1546 1358 224 341 122 66 18 38 133 74 18 154 316 13 6 15 .251 .333 .410 .743

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Batter vs. Pitcher Stats     ▼ Games By Position

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Desmond Jennings Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 22 Min 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .276 .391 .431 .822
Apr. 20 NYY Did not play.
Apr. 19 NYY Did not play.
Apr. 18 NYY 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .264 .391 .434 .825
Apr. 17 NYY 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .381 .423 .804
Apr. 16 @Bal 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265 .390 .449 .839
Apr. 15 @Bal Did not play.
Apr. 14 @Bal 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .239 .364 .435 .799
Apr. 13 @Cin 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .233 .353 .442 .795
Apr. 12 @Cin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .362 .475 .837
Apr. 11 @Cin 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .362 .475 .837
Apr. 9 @KC 4 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270 .357 .514 .871
Apr. 8 @KC 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .242 .342 .394 .736
Apr. 7 @KC 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .276 .382 .448 .830
Apr. 6 Tex 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .308 .400 .500 .900
Apr. 5 Tex 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .304 .385 .522 .907
Apr. 4 Tex 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .316 .409 .579 .988
Apr. 3 Tor 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .357 .471 .643 1.114
Apr. 2 Tor 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .500 .700 1.200
Apr. 1 Tor 3 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .571 .667 1.000 1.667
Mar. 31 Tor 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .600 .750 1.350
Last 7 Days 12 1 5 0 0 0 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 .417 .500 .417 .917
Last 14 Days 32 4 8 1 0 1 3 7 12 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .385 .375 .760
Last 30 Days 58 8 16 6 0 1 5 11 18 1 0 0 0 0 .276 .391 .431 .822

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Desmond Jennings: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 16 16 1
2013 136 136
2012 129 111 21 1
2011 60 53 8 1 1
2010 10 2 4 5 2

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Desmond Jennings Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013167354173.299.473.857
2012126242108.246.397.735
20117818256.256.436.791

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201336047103717.231.386.697
201237961113723.245.385.691
20111692682014.260.456.811

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20132564162713.254.414.761
20122334392912.219.391.689
2011125183610.240.384.715

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013271418277.251.413.735
20122724241819.268.386.714
20111222671910.279.516.897
Desmond Jennings Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2007 20 A Col 432 387 10.4% 12.3% 0.85 86% .348 .150
2008 21 A Ver 102 85 13.7% 15.7% 0.88 81% .299 .153
2009 22 AA MON 435 379 10.8% 11.5% 0.94 87% .346 .171
2009 22 AAA DUR 137 115 13.9% 10.9% 1.27 87% .351 .165
2010 23 AAA Dur 458 399 10.3% 14.6% 0.70 83% .328 .115
2010 23 MAJ TAM 24 21 8.3% 16.7% 0.50 81% .235 .143
2011 24 AAA Dur 397 338 11.3% 19.6% 0.58 77% .327 .181
2011 24 MAJ TB 287 247 10.8% 20.6% 0.53 76% .303 .190
2012 25 A+ Cha 3 3 0% 0% 0.00 100% .333 .334
2012 25 AAA Dur 12 12 0% 8.3% 0.00 92% .182 .000
2012 25 MAJ TB 563 505 8.2% 21.3% 0.38 76% .298 .142
2013 26 A+ Cha 3 3 0% 33.3% 0.00 67% .500 .000
2013 26 MAJ TB 602 527 10.6% 19.1% 0.56 78% .299 .162
2014 27 MAJ TB 70 58 15.7% 25.7% 0.61 69% .385 .155
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3-Year Averages MAJ   483 426 9.7% 20.3% 0.48 77% .301 .153
Career MAJ   1546 1358 10% 20.4% 0.49 77% .302 .159

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2014 Stat Review for Desmond Jennings    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.276 AVG
GOOD
69% Contact Rate
TERRIBLE
.385 BABIP
HIGH
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.431 SLG
GOOD
.155 ISO
AVERAGE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.61 BB/K
GOOD
15.7% BB Rate
ELITE
25.7% K Rate
POOR
OPS/OBP

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.822 OPS
GREAT
.391 OBP
ELITE

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Best Matchups for Desmond Jennings (by OPS, min 4 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Jeff Francis CIN 7 4 1 3 1 0 0 .571 1.429 2.095
Jordan Lyles COL 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .750 1.250 2.000
Brandon Morrow TOR 16 8 4 5 4 0 0 .500 1.375 1.975
Daniel Bard TEX 5 3 0 0 1 2 0 .600 1.200 1.867
Paul Clemens HOU 4 2 1 3 0 0 0 .500 1.250 1.750
Hector Noesi TEX 7 3 1 3 1 2 0 .429 1.000 1.500
J.A. Happ TOR 6 3 0 2 0 0 0 .500 1.000 1.500
Nick Tepesch TEX 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .500 1.000 1.500
Justin Verlander DET 11 4 2 2 0 3 0 .364 1.091 1.455
Henderson Alvarez MIA 10 4 2 4 0 0 0 .400 1.000 1.400

Worst Matchups for Desmond Jennings (by OPS, min 4 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Josh Tomlin CLE 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Koji Uehara BOS 6 0 0 0 0 2 1 .000 .000 .000
Scott Atchison CLE 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Ryan Cook OAK 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000 .000 .000
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 5 0 0 0 0 3 0 .000 .000 .000
Pedro Strop CHI-N 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Shaun Marcum CLE 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Bruce Chen KC 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Preston Claiborne NY-A 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Shawn Kelley NY-A 4 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000 .000 .000

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Desmond Jennings: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Jennings, who was limited to one at-bat over the last three games because of a groin injury, is expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday night.

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Jennings (groin) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Yankees, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

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Jennings is enduring a groin concern, which will confine him to pinch hit appearances Saturday and Sunday versus the Yankees, Marc Topkin of MLB.com reports.

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Jennings remains out of the Rays' lineup Saturday versus the Yankess, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Jennings is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Yankees, according to Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune.

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Jennings is getting the day from the starting lineup Saturday against the Reds, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Jennings will bat leadoff in Wednesday's game against Blue Jays lefty Mark Buehrle, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Jennings went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs in Monday's opener against the Blue Jays.

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Jennings added about 10-15 pounds in the offseason to improve his longevity this season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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2014

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2013

There were plenty of ups and downs for Jennings in 2012 during his first full season at the major league level. He was having a steady start to the season before a sprained knee led to him missing a month into early June. After struggling through the mid-summer, Jennings put together a strong August hitting .291/.354/.524 with four of his 13 home runs on the season coming in that month. He is a speedy, efficient baserunner as evidenced by his 31 stolen bases in 33 attempts. His problem was getting on base at the top of the order to have the opportunity (.314 OBP), and he will need to improve that to retain his spot leading off. With the departure of B.J. Upton via free agency, there is a possibility, given his strong defensive skills, he could shift over to center from left field. Jennings is a key part to the future of the Rays. From a fantasy standpoint, his speed is very valuable and he does have the potential to develop some power and improve his hitting atop the order.

2012

Many have criticized the Rays for waiting to bring up Jennings, which is somewhat unfair. The Rays have made it their policy to delay the arbitration clock of top prospects and a fractured index finger also delayed his arrival. When he was finally called up he hit the ground running with a 1.039 OPS in nine July games before continuing his hot streak with a 1.026 OPS in 108 August at-bats. The league seemed to catch up with Jennings in September, as the rookie only managed a .504 OPS for the month. He finished the regular season with 20 stolen bases for the Rays and his power finally developed as he hit 22 home runs between Durham and Tampa. Jennings is an excellent outfielder and is penciled in to start in left field, but could slide over to center if any of the B.J. Upton trade rumors ever come to fruition. His blend of speed and power makes him a very intriguing fantasy option and he should finally have steady at-bats in the majors batting leadoff for the Rays.

2011

Jennings enters the 2011 season penciled in as the replacement in left field for Carl Crawford. One of the best outfield prospects in baseball, Jennings owns a similar skill set to the player he's replacing. One of the fastest players in the minor leagues, Jennings has the potential to hit for a little pop while posting a solid batting average. He struggled out of the gate last year, likely due to suffering a wrist and then shoulder injury. After hitting just .244 between April and May, Jennings hit .353 in June once he was completely healthy. At this point, his greatest fantasy asset will be his speed, and he swiped 37 bags (90.2 percent success rate) at Triple-A Durham. It may take some time for his power to develop, but at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds he should be good for double-digit home runs in the near future. Don't be afraid to go the extra dollar (or round) to snag him in dynasty leagues, he projects to be an outstanding player.

2010

Finally healthy, Jennings put together a spectacular season on his way to being named the Rays' minor league player of the year. One of the top prospects in baseball, Jennings is a legitimate five-tool player. At Double-A Montgomery, he hit .314 with eight homers and had 36 stolen bases in only 379 at-bats. After his promotion to Triple-A, Durham he continued to rake, hitting .322 with three home runs and 15 stolen bases in 115 at-bats. His batting eye is outstanding; he drew 19 walks to only 15 strikeouts at Durham. He'll probably start the year at Durham, but it will be tough for manager Joe Maddon to ignore him if he picks up where he left off during spring training. Don't hesitate to use a top minor league pick on him or stash him on your bench if you have a spot available in a deeper league.

2009

Jennings underwent shoulder surgery in July and missed the rest of the regular season, but after returning for Arizona Fall League play (.231 in 12 games, one homer, 3-for-3 in steals), he's now proved he'll be healthy enough for spring training. Jennings is likely the Rays' best outfield prospect at the moment; he'll start 2009 at either High-A or Double-A.

2008

Jennings went on the DL in mid-August with a minor knee injury and missed the rest of the season, but he'll be ready for spring training. Jennings was considered by many as the top position player prospect in the South Atlantic League in 2007, so he's certainly high on the Rays' watch list. Tampa Bay has more than enough outfield depth at the major league level right now, so there's no need to rush Jennings; he'll go to High-A Vero Beach to start the 2008 season, with an ETA in the bigs no earlier than 2010. Still, this talent should be rostered in any serious dynasty league.