So far Jenkins has had little problem dealing with Double-A hitters, giving up only six runs in fourteen innings pitched. Half of those runs though, came off one swing after Jenkins made a simple mistake and gave up a three-run homer.
"The hitters are better, as you can tell I've paid for my mistakes a lot more than I did in Dunedin," said Jenkins.
Jenkins is more concentrated on working on his slider while still maintaining a focus on the command of all his pitches, rather than how tough his opponents are.
"I need to work on my slider a little bit more and my command a little bit more, especially my fastball," he said. "My biggest concern right now is putting is where I want [it] every time out."
This is a change of pace for Jenkins who came into the season working on the mechanics of his changeup, his go-to pitch, more than anything. Jenkins had to adjust both his arm speed and finger placement to obtain the changeup he wanted.
"We worked on a new changeup this year. I've worked on it a lot this year and it has really been working out well for me," Jenkins said. "It's a different grip.
"It was tough at first but now it's nice and it's been working really well for me. I really don't know how to explain it other than my fingers are kind of split so it's kind of a split-changeup."
Now that Jenkins has his pitches all set, he and Walker have been working on getting the righty into the right comfort zone, which will only happen through routine. When Walker was asked what Jenkins need to work on most, he answered, working on doing everything right on a new level.
Jenkins has never been one to try to get overly-complicated with his pitching and his game plan that has helped him reach New Hampshire in one year is an example of that.
"My objective this year was just to go out and throw quality starts," said Jenkins. "That was my main goal every time out in Dunedin and that was my main goal every time out, and that's what I did so hopefully it's the reason I got promoted."
Walker agrees that while Jenkins may have a simple plan, it is very effective and with Jenkins' stuff, he could be with Toronto if he keeps up his attitude and throwing as strongly as he has.
"Right now I think he has a good plan and he's executing that game plan," said Walker. "He's changing speeds nice and I've seen a big improvement in his changeup.
"There's no doubt that he's been working on his change and that's a big part of his game. I don't like to put timetables on people but I think he has the stuff to eventually pitch in the big leagues."