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Birth Date10-30-1986
Height6' 2"
Weight210 lbs
Age31 years, 11 months, 19 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 TBA 23 17 24 21 5 4 1 1 0 7 2 4 1 0 0 2 2 2 .190 .292 .333 .221 -0.4 -0.5 -0.1
2011 TBA 24 63 287 247 44 64 9 4 10 111 31 59 6 0 3 25 20 6 .259 .356 .449 .291 16.4 -3.7 1.4
2012 TBA 25 132 563 505 85 124 19 7 13 196 46 120 5 1 6 47 31 2 .245 .314 .388 .261 18.7 2.3 2.2
2013 TBA 26 139 602 527 82 133 31 6 14 218 64 115 3 5 3 54 20 8 .252 .334 .414 .287 38.7 -1.7 4.0
2014 TBA 27 123 542 479 64 117 30 2 10 181 47 108 6 1 36 15 6 .244 .319 .378 .263 17.7 -1.1 1.8
2015 TBA 28 28 108 97 9 26 2 1 1 33 8 17 1 2 0 7 5 3 .268 .324 .340 .254 1.1 0.8 0.2
2016 TBA 29 65 225 200 22 40 7 1 7 70 21 58 2 1 1 20 2 0 .200 .281 .350 .226 -1.7 -2.2 -0.4
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2006 PRI Rk 56 246 .286 .252 .335 .365 .257 .316 104 5.2 5.6 0.5 -13.9 7.7 19.0 0.5 19.0 0.5
2007 CGA A 99 448 .314 .262 .336 .395 .263 .346 98 25.8 13.1 0.1 4.4 4.0 42.9 4.7 42.9 4.7
2008 VRO A+ 24 102 .291 .255 .331 .387 .259 .290 101 3.5 3.1 0.3 2.3 2.8 9.7 1.2 9.7 1.2
2009 MNT AA 100 440 .338 .250 .325 .364 .259 .350 92 35.8 12.3 0.2 6.6 10.2 58.5 6.8 58.5 6.8
2009 DUR AAA 32 137 .275 .271 .336 .394 .251 .351 113 2.8 5.1 0.2 -2.3 2.3 10.3 0.8 10.3 0.8
2010 TBA MLB 17 24 .221 .256 .328 .423 .263 .235 109 -1 0.7 -0.1 -0.5 0.0 -0.4 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1
2010 DUR AAA 109 458 .268 .263 .332 .413 .257 .323 102 4 13.9 0.5 6.6 6.3 24.7 3.0 24.7 3.0
2011 TBA MLB 63 287 .291 .254 .321 .403 .260 .303 100 8.8 7.7 -1.6 -3.7 1.4 16.4 1.4 16.4 1.4
2011 DUR AAA 89 397 .287 .263 .330 .404 .257 .325 96 12.5 12.3 -0.3 3.2 6.2 30.7 3.2 30.7 3.2
2012 TBA MLB 132 563 .261 .257 .316 .414 .262 .298 96 0.6 15.4 -2.9 2.3 5.6 18.7 2.2 18.7 2.2
2012 PCH A+ 1 3 .572 .277 .325 .374 .255 .333 102 1 0.1 0 -0.0 0.0 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2012 DUR AAA 3 12 .119 .283 .332 .443 .260 .182 109 -1.9 0.4 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
2013 TBA MLB 139 602 .287 .253 .319 .405 .266 .295 95 15.8 15.8 1.4 -1.7 5.7 38.7 4.0 38.7 4.0
2013 PCH A+ 1 3 .457 .288 .360 .453 .288 .500 98 0.6 0.1 0 -0.1 -0.1 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2014 TBA MLB 123 542 .263 .253 .312 .389 .261 .296 96 1.5 14.0 1 -1.1 1.1 17.7 1.8 17.7 1.8
2015 TBA MLB 28 108 .254 .249 .304 .391 .250 .309 98 -0.7 2.9 -0.5 0.8 -0.7 1.1 0.2 1.1 0.2
2015 PCH A+ 2 8 .316 .244 .286 .300 .235 .500 92 0.5 0.2 -0.1 0.1 0.1 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2015 DUR AAA 7 25 .183 .247 .322 .338 .247 .188 95 -2 0.7 -0.3 -0.2 0.1 -1.5 -0.2 -1.5 -0.2
2016 TBA MLB 65 225 .226 .250 .312 .411 .250 .243 99 -7.8 6.4 -0.6 -2.2 0.4 -1.7 -0.4 -1.7 -0.4
2016 PCH A+ 4 16 .267 .255 .316 .345 .253 .231 91 0.1 0.5 -0.2 -0.4 0.1 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2017 LVG AAA 55 229 .235 .281 .351 .442 .270 .259 107 -6.3 6.8 -0.4 3.0 1.5 1.6 0.5 1.6 0.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 PRI Rk 246 48 59 10 1 4 20 22 39 32 5 .277 .355 .390 .113 .286 19.0 -13.9 0.5
2007 CGA A 448 75 122 21 5 9 37 45 53 45 15 .315 .401 .465 .150 .314 42.9 4.4 4.7
2008 VRO A+ 102 17 22 5 1 2 6 14 16 5 2 .259 .356 .412 .153 .291 9.7 2.3 1.2
2009 MNT AA 440 69 121 25 8 8 45 48 52 37 5 .316 .399 .486 .170 .338 58.5 6.6 6.8
2009 DUR AAA 137 23 37 6 2 3 17 19 15 15 2 .325 .422 .491 .167 .275 10.3 -2.3 0.8
2010 TBA MLB 24 5 4 1 1 0 2 2 4 2 2 .190 .292 .333 .143 .221 -0.4 -0.5 -0.1
2010 DUR AAA 458 82 111 25 6 3 36 47 67 37 4 .278 .359 .393 .115 .268 24.7 6.6 3.0
2011 TBA MLB 287 44 64 9 4 10 25 31 59 20 6 .259 .356 .449 .190 .291 16.4 -3.7 1.4
2011 DUR AAA 397 68 93 19 3 12 39 45 78 17 1 .275 .374 .456 .180 .287 30.7 3.2 3.2
2012 TBA MLB 563 85 124 19 7 13 47 46 120 31 2 .245 .314 .388 .143 .261 18.7 2.3 2.2
2012 DUR AAA 12 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .000 .119 -1.6 -0.1 -0.2
2012 PCH A+ 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 .333 .572 1.2 -0.0 0.1
2013 PCH A+ 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 .457 0.7 -0.1 0.1
2013 TBA MLB 602 82 133 31 6 14 54 64 115 20 8 .252 .334 .414 .161 .287 38.7 -1.7 4.0
2014 TBA MLB 542 64 117 30 2 10 36 47 108 15 6 .244 .319 .378 .134 .263 17.7 -1.1 1.8
2015 DUR AAA 25 2 3 2 0 0 0 4 5 0 0 .143 .280 .238 .095 .183 -1.5 -0.2 -0.2
2015 TBA MLB 108 9 26 2 1 1 7 8 17 5 3 .268 .324 .340 .072 .254 1.1 0.8 0.2
2015 PCH A+ 8 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .429 .500 .429 .000 .316 0.7 0.1 0.1
2016 TBA MLB 225 22 40 7 1 7 20 21 58 2 0 .200 .281 .350 .150 .226 -1.7 -2.2 -0.4
2016 PCH A+ 16 2 4 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 0 .267 .312 .533 .267 .267 0.5 -0.4 0.0
2017 LVG AAA 229 32 49 5 4 8 25 20 43 3 3 .237 .301 .415 .179 .235 1.6 3.0 0.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2010 109 0.5688 0.3945 0.8372 0.5161 0.2340 0.8438 0.8182 0.1628 53 -0.003005
2011 1139 0.4969 0.3591 0.7579 0.5071 0.2129 0.8293 0.5902 0.2421 617 0.013469
2012 2192 0.5137 0.4220 0.7816 0.5746 0.2608 0.8362 0.6547 0.2184 1066 0.003660
2013 2435 0.5101 0.4057 0.7601 0.5918 0.2121 0.8190 0.5889 0.2399 1176 0.000177
2014 2154 0.5209 0.4030 0.7823 0.5731 0.2180 0.8600 0.5600 0.2177 1051 -0.002168
2015 414 0.4662 0.4420 0.8087 0.6425 0.2670 0.8548 0.7119 0.1913 194 0.001442
2016 890 0.5034 0.4213 0.6907 0.5804 0.2602 0.7231 0.6174 0.3093 0 0.000000
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-29 2014-09-29 DTD 31 28 - Knee Contusion -
2014-08-13 2014-08-15 DTD 2 2 - Shoulder Soreness -
2014-07-12 2014-07-18 DTD 6 2 Left Knee Contusion -
2014-04-19 2014-04-22 DTD 3 2 - Groin Strain - -
2013-09-23 2013-09-25 DTD 2 2 Left Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2013-09-21 2013-09-21 DTD 0 0 - Neck Stiffness - -
2013-08-04 2013-08-19 15-DL 15 12 Left Fingers Fracture Middle Finger From Sliding - -
2013-05-10 2013-05-14 DTD 4 3 - Groin Strain - -
2013-03-10 2013-03-11 Camp 1 0 Left Ankle Sprain - -
2012-09-08 2012-09-13 DTD 5 4 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2012-05-12 2012-06-05 15-DL 24 21 Left Knee Sprain -
2012-05-10 2012-05-11 DTD 1 1 Left Knee Sprain -
2012-05-07 2012-05-09 DTD 2 1 Left Knee Sprain - -
2012-03-21 2012-03-24 Camp 3 0 - Shoulder Soreness - -
2010-04-25 2010-05-02 Minors 7 0 Shoulder Soreness -
2010-04-08 2010-04-18 Minors 10 0 Left Wrist Recovery From Sprain -
2010-03-10 2010-04-08 Camp 29 2 Left Wrist Sprain -
2010-03-04 2010-03-05 Camp 1 0 Left Elbow Contusion HBP -
2008-07-03 2008-09-01 Minors 60 0 Left Shoulder Surgery -
2008-03-30 2008-06-01 Minors 63 0 Low Back Strain -
2007-08-13 2007-09-14 Minors 32 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 NYN $
2016 TBA $3,300,000
2015 TBA $3,100,000
2014 TBA $517,000
2013 TBA $501,800
2012 TBA $486,900
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$7,905,700
6 yrTotal$7,905,700

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 75 dBoras Corp.1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 2/8/17 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.5M in majors. May earn additional $1M in performance bonuses. Released by Cincinnati 3/31/17. Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 4/6/17 (minor-league contract). Released by NY Mets 6/16/17.
  • 1 year/$3.3M (2016). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 1/14/16 (avoided arbitration). Released by Tampa Bay 8/26/16.
  • 1 year/$3.1M (2015). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonus: $25,000 for 550 plate appearances.
  • 1 year/$0.517M (2014). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/2/14.
  • 1 year/$0.5018M (2013). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/2/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4869M (2012). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/3/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/26/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Tampa Bay 11/20/09. Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/3/10.
  • Drafted by Tampa Bay 2006 (10-289) (Itawamba CC, Miss.). $0.15M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .240 .308 .378 .254
11 vs R (Multi) .225 .305 .365 .248
18 Split (Multi) -.015 -.003 -.012 -.006
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .194 .250 .299 .199
31 vs R (2016) .203 .296 .376 .239
38 Split (2016) .009 .046 .077 .039
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)J.P, really enjoy the monthly snapshot pieces. Would love to see the buy low extended to say three or so with your thoughts as done for top 5. On that note, who are some other buy low candidates you like beyond those listed in today's article? Cheers
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
I was already at 2000+ words on the article, so I didn't want to bog things down with additional words on the buy-low candidates. I appreciate the interest, though! I'll certainly consider adding a short blurb on them going forward. Some other buy low candidates would include: Yan Gomes, Alexei Ramirez, Jimmy Nelson, and Desmond Jennings. (J.P. Breen)
2015-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Three questions about Joey Butler: how long can he keep up his .400 BABiP (It's been more or less that for his four seasons in AAA.) Why don't the Rays play him more often? We would assume he'll be returned to AAA when Jennings comes back, right?
(John Carter from Great Lakes region)
It is extremely unlikely anyone can keep a BABIP that high in the majors; barely any one ever does it for one year, let alone for multiple years. It's easier to get higher quality contact in the minors against weaker pitchers, poorer arsenals, and particularly the back end of bullpens that are organizational depth. Nearly everyone you're facing in the majors has a high end out pitch.

He probably should be getting a few more at bats than Brandon Guyer, but when you factor the high whiff rate in, the Rays are probably figuring that he is a BABIP fluke.

Yes, he seems like the guy who would go down when Desmond Jennings comes off of the DL. (Mike Gianella)
2015-05-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)In my Yahoo league I am building for next year and thereafter. My roster is Russell Martin, Kendrys Morales, Josh Harrison, Brock Holt, Brett Gardner, Dexter Fowler, Gregory Polanco, Coco Crisp, Carlos Ruiz, Travis Snider, Kyle (and Corey) Seager, Jason Heyward, Carlos Correa, Desmond Jennings, Javier Baez, Matt Harvey, Carlos Martinez, Jimmy Nelson, Edinson Volquez, Jonathan Paplebon, Chris Heston, Noah Syndergaard, Lucas Giolito, Julio Urias, Jose Berrios, Matt Cain and Sean Doolittle. 8 keepers allowed. Comments? Suggestions?
(TimLandry from Montreal Quebec Canada)
Keep Matt Harvey eight times. (Christopher Crawford)
2014-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)Whatever happened to Baby Jane? err....I mean Desmond Jennings! Unfulfilled potential or still coming?
(Goldeye99 from Wpg)
I never really had (prime) Carl Crawford expectations for him, and I think that easy comp may have been jading to the collective view. Jennings is a productive MLB outfielder who is under cost control, which is a valuable asset, but I think there's a decent chance that his career line of .249/.328/.403 is indicative of his future. At 27, Jennings could still take a big step forward, but he is no longer at an age where such things are expected. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Could you please rank the following on value in a 5 x 5 for the next 4-5 years in total? Desmond Jennings, Austin Jackson, Brandon Belt, Brett Lawrie
(Vic from Baltimore)
Jennings, Jackson, Lawrie, Belt. (Bret Sayre)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Desmond Jennings has he reached his peak?
(OB1 from NYC)
I think he adds a bit more power but yeah I think this is it. It's a pretty good peak to be honest. It's not the type of production I was hoping for but 10-14 HRs and 30 steals? Not bad. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty league; Josh Hamilton or Desmond Jennings?
(Gotribe31 from DC)
Woof. Give me Desmond. I don't think Hamilton is done, but I'll take Jennings given the nature of dynasty leagues. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Desmond Jennings get any better as a pro player?
(Paul from Stl )
Yes. I really believe he will. There was progress from 2012 to 2013 and I think there will be continued progress in 2014. I'm not sure we're talking about a star in the end, but I think he's going to be a really nice everyday player. (Mark Anderson)
2013-10-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Think its pretty cool how the giants are embracing saber concepts signing Lincecum based of dips theory. Any chance Rays move Yunel Escobar to Centerfield where his arm can shine and Desmond Jennings back to left?
(Fip Lincecum from Yay(o) Area)
Did the Giants come out and say that? Because I've read pieces that say 'this justifies the signing' but I've never heard anyone connected to the Giants make that statement. I suspect they haven't because if they did the internet would explode.

I'd be shocked if the Rays moved Escobar to the outfield. Who would they put at shortstop? Don't think Delmon Young would cut it there. (Matthew Kory)
2013-10-07 18:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Mike, rank the following outfielders for 2014: Avisail Garcia, Corey Dickerson, and Desmond Jennings. Thanks!
(James from Chicago)
Hey James.

Of those 3 OF, I would rank Jennings at the top. He is the most proven of the trio and most likely to get a full season's worth of playing time. Garcia is 2nd. He will probably play all season for the White Sox, and has enough speed to make him a slight sleeper candidate. Dickerson is at the bottom. His numbers for the Rockies weren't great, and I'm not convinced yet that he wasn't a product of hitter-friendly Colorado Springs. Maybe he gets a full season of AB for the Rockies, but maybe he doesn't. Josh Rutledge was considered a no-brainer $20 earner but had OBP issues and flopped. Dickerson has similar OBP issues. If you can't get on base, you're going to have problems, even in COL. (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Desmond Jennings gets a lot of Carl Crawford comps, but isn't he more like Ruppert Jones?
(TinoMartinezwasmyfriend from bayou)
Ruppert Jones? Who are you trying to impress? Jennings is neither. He's a good ballplayer though. (R.J. Anderson Trade Deadline Wrap Chat)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)Top buy-low candidates right now?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Desmond Jennings? I think he's played better than his numbers suggest for most of the month. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)Cory, The disclaimer on spring stats aside... Do you think Desmond Jennings spring indicates the off season work on patience & approach has paid off and will carry into the season? -Mike
(DonkeyDunn from Connecticut)
I don't know what he did in the offseason and frankly I don't know what he's doing this spring. I do know that he's in his age 26 season and coming off a season in which, despite injuries, he hit 13 homers and stole 31-of-33 bases. I was bullish on him regardless. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Help, Sam I am in a ten team dynasty league (5x5)using 4 OF. Long term: from Jose Bautista, Upton brothers, Desmond Jennings and Starling Marte----which one can be dropped? Thank you
(nictaclacta from Phoenix)
Marte (Sam Miller)
2013-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your projection for Desmond Jennings in 2013?
(Tampa Tim from The Ocean)
Not overly optimistic, nor am I about their entire outfield/DH situation. I still think Tampa Bay is a piece away from replacing their pitching losses, and I absolutely loved that team last year. Still amazed they didn't make the playoffs. Maybe a .750-.770 OPS from Jennings just to throw some lazy numbers out there. I definitely think he'll be better than last year. (Zachary Levine)
2013-01-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Name a couple players you expect to take a big step forward this year?
(Martin K. from Denver)
I've already mentioned two pitchers, so I'll take a couple of hitters here. Jason Kipnis and Desmond Jennings are my favorite breakout candidates. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-08-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)I have Desmond Jennings in a Keeper League. I have been impressed by the power/speed combo in the limited time he's been on the field this year, but the average is nowhere near what I'd like to see. Do you think that his average this year has more to do with the time off and having to re-adjust coming back, or is it a case of what you see is what you get?
(Alan32 from At Work)
There's certainly upside on his BA, but I wouldn't go into the 2013 season expecting anything more than .250-.260. If he can take that step forward, terrific, but it's not something I would count on happening. It's not something I would pay for. (Derek Carty)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on either Desmond Jennings or B.J. Upton bouncing back after the break? I own both and am willing to sell one of them low for some much needed pitching help. Do you see either of them getting on base more often or hitting for much power? (OPS as 6th category)
(GTW from Right Coast)
Upton can't make any contact these days. 24 K's in his last 59 AB (40% rate) and he looks awful doing it. Jennings is chasing high fastballs again (go use the new feature on the player cards to check it out!) - I'm hoping to write both up for an article at DRaysBay tomorrow. (Jason Collette)
2012-03-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Kind of a fantasy question, but I'll phrase it in real-world(ish) terms. You're an owner. You get to pick either Andrew McCutchen or Desmond Jennings to play for you next year. Money's not an issue. Who do you choose? (Kinda inspired by learning that, to my surprise, both AM & DJ are 25.)
(David R. from CT)
McCutchen. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather have: Cameron Maybin or Desmond Jennings?
(Anello from Chicago)
Jennings. Not even close. (Jason Parks)
2011-11-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)How would you compare younger centerfielders with an injury history (specifically Adam Jones and Desmond Jennings) with an older dude who seems to be over his injury pattern (Curtis Granderson) - in terms of future likeliness of injury?
(hotstatrat from downtown Toronto)
I'd have to do some research on that before my answer would be anything better than-as Tom Tango likes to say-summary opinion without evidence. Maybe that's something Corey and I can look into at some point. Obviously, it depends on the kind of injury history we're talking about-I'd be less worried about "freak" occurrences (even if those aren't entirely attributable to chance) than I would some sort of chronic problem. Incidentally, R.J. wrote an article about Jennings and found that his reputation for fragility is probably a bit overblown (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay, Looking at the Rays still in the pennant race, if they happen to miss out, how much blame can be placed on Friedman's refusal or reluctance to call up a few players (i.e. Jennings and Moore) who were obviously better than some of the guys they carried earlier (i.e. Sam Fuld)? Some people I know have been highly critical of Friedman, going so far as to accuse him of being incapable of making the right decisions to be able to win in the short-term when they are needed. While I don't agree with that explicitly, I'm wondering how good of a job you think Friedman has done this year, given those criticisms for not calling up better young players sooner in the season?
(Erik from Longwood, FL)
For as much as we laud their smarts in the grand scheme of things, the Rays' front office has made this year's squad's task harder than it needed to be. As popular and swell a guy as Sam Fuld may be, he should have been riding pine once his early-season hot streak ended, while Desmond Jennings played left field; instead Jennings languished at Durham until late July. The Moore decision is a more complicated one in that the Rays don't have a rotation spot for him and they have to mind the innings total of a 22-year-old, but as several have pointed out, he could have been doing Andy Sonnanstine's job if nothing else. As Kevin Goldstein argued (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=15036), the Rays probably should have been more aggressive in dealing to improve this season as well; even taking a flier on Rafael Furcal would have helped. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-08-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for answering my LoMo question! To continue my (natural) obsession with the South Florida teams....I realize it's SSS but Desmond Jennings looks like he's prepared to execute a pretty nice impression of Andrew McCutchen if not Carl Crawford. Thoughts?
(Rob from Alaska)
Thanks for asking your LoMo question! Lets hope he doesn't execute a nice impression of Carl Crawford v.2011 -- but I'm not convinced he's a future superstar, which is what Carl Crawford v.2010 was and Andrew McCutchen v.2012 will be. Jennings is only a few weeks younger than McCutchen, after all, and McCutchen is already a 4-5 win player. Maybe the pertinent question is, will Jennings have a better career than Bossman Junior? (Ken Funck)
2011-08-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)How do you feel about trading prospects in dynasty leagues? Do you have a problem trading a premium prospect or two for a rental if that rental will increase your chances to win a championship this year?
(DS from LA)
Flags Fly Forever. I have traded Desmond Jennings and Matt Moore to win pennants in 2009 and 2010 and I don't regret doing it. (Jason Collette)
2011-07-21 16:00:00 (link to chat)Desmond Jennings! Desmond Jennings! Desmond Jennings! Any ETA? What's your best guess?
(jwaxman from DC)
July 32nd (Jason Collette)
2011-07-21 16:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank the following players according to who will have the best career: Colby Rasmus, Desmond Jennings, Dexter Fowler and Cam Maybin.
(Kent from Coppell TX)
Rasmus followed closely by Jennings. I think Rasmus will flourish away from LaRussa (Jason Collette)
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)Gut feeling: Rays going to buy or sell at the deadline? Or both?
(Jake from Kalamazoo)
Both. I'm certain they will trade B.J. Upton but still try to win because they can plug Desmond Jennings in at center and try to trade for relief help and another bat with the money they save by trading Upton. (John Perrotto)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Explain why Carlos Beltran does or does not make sense for the Rays if they are still alive at the deadline.
(PMCY from Moms basement)
It depends on what their roster looks like. If Desmond Jennings and/or Brandon Guyer are up with Johnny Damon still at designated hitter, then they really don't have room for Beltran. Plus, the finances and prospect return required. I'm just not sure it's realistic at this point. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are teams still trying to dodge the super 2? Has it become a problem of many teams trying to outdodge the other teams by bringing up their best prospects later and later in the season?
(hotstatrat from Zurich - honestly - and it is amazingly beautiful)
Difficult to say. Some teams do appear to be more aggressive with promoting their top prospects this season--Hosmer, De La Rosa, and possibly Ackley--so it looks like teams might prep for Super Two going bye-bye in the next CBA. At the same time, though, a team like the Rays--that usually beats others to these kinds of loopholes--hasn't promoted Desmond Jennings yet, and they could use him. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-05-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)When should we expect to see some of the more advanced prospects that seem to be ready such as Desmond Jennings, Brandon Allen, Lorenzo Cain called up?
(tsq3373 from CT)
The talk I've heard from the Rays guys has been that Jennings should be up in July after Super Two is safely past, since he has some service time already.

In general, I'm probably not your guy for prospect questions, but I'll try to answer if I know anything. (Mike Fast)
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Sam Fuld? He's been great for me but I'm not sure how long he'll keep it up and I'm thinking of selling high on him. Thanks Marc.
(DanDaMan from SeaCliff)
As long as he gets playing time--meaning, as long as Desmond Jennings remains in the minors--he should be healthy and productive. If you can convince someone he will actually hit for power, though, then move him. (Marc Normandin)
2011-04-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Desmond Jennings has been great so far this year - is he up by June? Earlier?
(Chomsky from NYC)
I have no idea, and neither does anyone else. He SHOULD be up now. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is more likely to break out this year, Desmond Jennings or Cameron Maybin? What type of stats do you see from the two of them?
(Sean from DC)
I think Maybin has room to develop into a good player. I'm still a fan of his tools. I think he could put up this line: 010010001100110 (Jason Parks)
2011-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Rays find a way to get Desmond Jennings in their lineup this year? If so, at the expense of which players PT? The rays seem to have a bunch of 'super-utility' type guys.
(Sean from DC)
I think so. Joyce and Damon seem like the likeliest targets. (Tommy Bennett)
2011-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)World Series predictions? ROY/CY Young/MVP guesses?
(Sean from DC)
I am just dreadful at this. I'm always trying to be surprising and end up saying something stupid. WIth that in mind, let's go with Phillies vs. Tigers in the Series. I'll say Desmond Jennings and Aroldis Chapman for ROY, Pujols and Cabrera for MVP, and Halladay and Verlander for Cy. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you see Desmond Jennings triple slashing in 2011? Is he more Carl Crawford or Darren Lewis?
(WilliamWilde from Boston)
More Crawford than Lewis in the long run, but he's not Crawford. Jennings is 24 already, right? By that age, Crawford was already a 4-win player. I'll say .280/.350/.390, if I have to give an answer. (Ken Funck)
2010-10-12 12:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the rookie crop of 2011 will measure up to the high standard of 2010? If not, will there still be game-changing rookies to take note of?
(David from New York)
I don't think they will, but that's only because the bar was set so high this year between Heyward, Posey, Stanton and Bumgarner. Santana and Strasburg also burned brightly, if briefly.

But there will still be plenty of great rookies. Jesus Montero will make his debut, Desmond Jennings and Jeremy Hellickson will be full-time players, and Kyle Drabek will probably spend considerable time in the majors. And that's just the AL East! (Tommy Bennett)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)What should we expect from Desmond Jennings next season? Is McCutchen too much to ask for?
(tommybones from brooklyn)
That's asking a lot out of the gate. His season at Triple-A was really no better than Josh Reddick's, and though Jennings was a better prospect at the start of the season (five stars against four, via Kevin Goldstein) that's not exactly something to be excited about. (Marc Normandin)
2010-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Tommy, thanks for the chat today. Any word on an ETA for Desmond Jennings and Jeremy Hellickson in Tampa? Thanks.
(will0911 from VT)
They're both blocked pretty well (by Carl Crawford and Wade Davis, basically). On most other teams they'd both already be on the major league roster. I think this is the year when Tampa will actually make a decent-sized deadline move, so let's just wait a little longer and see if there isn't room at the inn in two weeks. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-07-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of package could the Nats get from the Rays for A. Dunn?
(mwyche from Silver Spring)
From Mike Rizzo's perspective, it would be Desmond Jennings, Jeremy Hellickson and maybe B.J. Upton. Sounds to me like he wants the moon. I don't have a good answer for this, honestly, not having a KG-like encyclopedic knowledge of the Rays's sytem, but if I were the Rays, I wouldn't give up any top prospects. And I say that as a guy who adores Adam Dunn -- but I'd rather bank on their own guys hitting better down the stretch than give up something really valuable for Dunn. (Ken Funck)
2010-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Would you be playing Matt Joyce over Desmond Jennings if you had an offense in desperate need of a spark? What am I missing here? I know he was hurt, but a .965 OPS in June suggests that striking while the iron is hot may be in order here.
(Jim Humdingding from Sphinx Park, CO)
I would take Jennings over Joyce any day of the week and twice on Sundays. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-06-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Desmond Jennings has righted his game but Jesus Montereo hasn't. Are scouts concerned about Montero? Have expectations been reduced?
(john from ct)
I don't think scouts are as concerned about Montero's current numbers as they are about where the heck the dude will play in the majors. If he can't catch, his value drops, and even if he posts gaudy numbers at first, the measuring stick there is so much higher. Right now it's a conundrum. (Eric Seidman)
2010-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Christina ... thanks for the chat. Are we seeing a decline in the era of star multi-dimensional CFers (decline of Beltran, concerns over Sizemore, seemingly with similar injuries?)
(dianagramr from NYC)
Hi Diane, thanks for popping by. I don't really think that's the case, but maybe it's just my lasting faith in Adam Jones and Andrew McCutchen. It might be too soon to put Desmond Jennings in the conversation, but he's worth keeping in mind as well. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which of the following prospects will "miraculously" be deemed ready for the majors in a week or so: Carlos Santana, Pedro Alvarez, Stephen Strasburg, Buster Posey, Desmond Jennings?
(tommybones from brooklyn)
Stephen Strasburg, for sure. (John Perrotto)
2010-03-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)From a purely roto-league fantasy standpoint, which player is a better long term keeper, Desmond Jennings or Jesus Montero?
(tommybones from brooklyn)
Being risk-averse, I'll go with Jennings, simply because he's closer. (Shawn Hoffman)
2010-03-24 11:00:00 (link to chat)Long term, which player would you rather have patrolling centerfield, Andrew McCutchen or Desmond Jennings?
(tommybones from brooklyn)
We're playing center field pick 'em, huh? Okay with me. I'll go McCutchen again, and again on track record. Jennings doesn't quite have the power profile that McCutchen does either. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-03-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)I have the 2nd overall pick in an expansion draft... who do you like best of the following: Michael Stanton, Desmond Jennings, Domnic Brown, Aroldis Chapman, or Jenrry Mejia?
(Jquinton82 from NY)
I have to go with the power hitters and take Michael Stanton. Everyone has been raving about him this spring. (John Perrotto)
2010-03-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Baseball America grades Desmond Jennings out as an 80 runner. Agree?
(Stephanie from DC)
Yes. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-02-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think Pedro Alvarez ceiling is?
(Will from WV)
Kevin Goldstein has him rated ahead of Desmond Jennings, Carlos Santana and Buster Posey. I think that is as good of an answer as is needed. (David Laurila)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Steven, thanks to you & staff for the great book, and thanks for the chat... Would you rather have 1)Nick Johnson & Desmond Jennings (or Ackley) OR 2)Chris Davis, Julio Borbon & Tim Alderson?
(APBA player from wondering land)
I like the first choice, definitely, especially if you're going long enough to give Jennings a chance to get into the lineup. I'm hopeful for Davis, a little worried that Borbon will not hit .300 again, and Alderson just skeptical of. (Steven Goldman)
2010-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Would you start Desmond Jennings in Tampa Bay or let him simmer in AAA for a few months? They don't seem to have a legitimate answer there as of right now.
(jaymoff from Salem, OR)
I'd at least give him the chance to win the job over the next six weeks. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Desmond Jennings will be a full timer with the DRays by _________, and put up a final 2010 line of _________ . Thanks!
(tommybones from brooklyn)
2011. I don't see him playing much in 2010 unless someone gets injured. (Marc Normandin)
2010-01-19 15:30:00 (link to chat)Will B.J. Upton be terrible or wonderful this year? There seems to be no in-between.
(Playwright22 from Baltimore)
If you accept his excuse that his shoulder wasn't right all year, then you have to believe he's going to be better. We'll also see what kind of competition Desmond Jennings gives the Rays outfielder this year. (Steven Goldman)
2009-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Rays cut ties with the arbitration-eligible Bj Upton ? Desmond Jennings has the ability to be Carl Crawford + more patience.
(William from Mobile, AL)
Oh, hell no. First of all, he won't do well in arb. Second, he has WAY too much talent to just cut loose that way. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)When is the earliest you can envision Desmond Jennings contributing in Tampa on a regular basis?
(JAYPERS from IL)
Early 2010. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Ray look into trading B.J. Upton as opposed to Carl Crawford in the offseason with Desmond Jennings on the way? It just seems like even with Upton's shoulder issues as an excuse for his poor play that he never really took it upon himself to make the adjustments that could make him a standout as opposed to someone who has tons of potential. He SCREAMS Delmon Young to me.
(Tim from Tampa)
Or, even with his poor bat this year, he's been worth a few wins this year because of his fantastic defense in center. Plus, what could you get for Upton given his poor bat as of late? I would give it another year to see what happens--he's still young. You could pull back more by dealing Crawford. Upton was worth almost five wins in 2008, despite the bat issues. (Marc Normandin)
2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)There is a lot of talk about the Rays dealing Carl Crawford in the offseason and plugging in Desmond Jennings for him next season. Shouldn't the answer be keep Crawford, change the Gabe/Gabe platoon in right to all Desmond all the time, and go to war against the Yankees/Sox with the best players they already have at hand?
(achaik from me)
I'd think so, because it isn't like the Rays have obvious needs beyond (perhaps) a ready-now alternative behind the plate. That said, the Rays are smart enough to check out the market and see what they might be able to get for almost anybody or anything. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Have the scouting reports moved on Ben Rever or Desmond Jennings? They both seem to be making strides.
(heeler from Peoria, IL)
Yes, and both are up. I was pretty surprised to talk to a scout the other day who really thinks Revere could hit 12-15 HR a year in the end. That's way on the high end for me, but this was from a guy who really knows his stuff. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-05-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Desmond Jennings project to 20-25 homer power? How's his defense?
(Rays fans from everywhere)
Defense is very good. 20-25 is asking way too much. Fantastic prospect, but not a 25 HR guy. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-05-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Looking ahead to 2010, who are the prospects to watch? (assume strasberg is coming up this year)
(joyrider2001 from NYC)
Justin Smoak, Desmond Jennings, Adrian Cardenas, Brian Matusz, Buster Posey. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Daryl Jones and Desmond Jennings? Do you think these two players could be dynamic leadoff hitters for the Cardinals and Rays.
(Mike from Utica,NY)
Yes, though I'd rate Jennings as high as Jones. (John Perrotto)
2009-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's your outlook for Desmond Jennings and Reid Brignac? And say hey to Margaret
(jnewfry from Chicago)
I'm willing to give Jennings a bit of a mulligan for 08 due to the injuries, and while the numbers don't overwhelm, some scouts who saw him in the Arizona Fall League said his tools stuck out like a sore thumb, so I'm still very high on him. Brignac is just weird at this point for me. The bat has not come with him at the upper levels, but at the same time, he's gone from a guy that some wondered would be able to stay at short, to a guy that gets really good defensive reviews. So now he's a plus defender with power but low on-base skills? Khalil Greene? (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-11-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi, Do you see Desmond Jennings as an average MLB outfielder or is he more likely to be great/completely washout?
(johnsond16 from Boulder)
Big, big BIG Jennings fan, and scouts have been saying great things about him in the AFL. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know Desmond Jennings is injured, but I cannot find any information about his injury. What is it? How bad is it? What's his long-term prognosis? Thanks Kevin.
(Not David from (Not Sonoma State University, not in CA)
Shoulder surgery. Not good, but not career-threatening or anything. Prognosis is hoepfully good, but he's basically going to miss almost two years of development when you add his recovery to this year's nightmare. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-06-04 16:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Kevin, thks for the chat. Sorry, not a draft question, but is Desmond Jennings still injured (back?)? When is he due to start playing? Thanks and like every baseball fan should, I'll be spending my day at work tomorrow reading all of BPs draft coverage!
(Goldeye99 from Wpg)
He came back this week and is 3-for-7 with a home run in two games at High-A Vero Beach. Get pumped about him, because I am. (Kevin Goldstein)


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