Jenkins continues to do well in Mississippi

The Braves continue to get good work out of Mississippi right-hander Tyrell Jenkins.

Mississippi pitcher Tyrell Jenkins continues to impress in Double-A Mississippi. Friday in Jacksonville Jenkins allowed just two runs on five hits in seven innings, with three walks and seven strikeouts. The Braves won 3-2 over the Suns.

Jenkins is now 3-2 on the season, with a 2.94 earned run average in his nine starts. He’s allowed 46 hits in 52 innings, with 17 earned runs, 22 walks and 33 strikeouts.

In May, Jenkins’ strikeout numbers have improved, with 25 punch outs in 32.2 innings. He had a rough start on May 1 (nine earned runs in 5.2 innings), but in Jenkins’ last four starts he’s allowed just three earned runs in 27 innings, with 21 hits allowed, 10 walks and 19 strikeouts.

One thing the Braves would likely love to see from Jenkins is a full season. The right-hander, who turns 23 in July, has never made more 19 starts in a season. He’s had 13 stars in each of the last two seasons, so the need is there for him to have a full season of around 27 starts and 150 innings.

Jason Heyward, who was traded to the Cardinals in the deal that netted Jenkins and Shelby Miller, was 0-4 Friday night as he hit eighth in St. Louis’ lineup against the Royals. Heyward is now hitting .238 with only four home runs, 12 RBI and a .293 on base percentage. Heyward has done better in May (.265) compared to his slow start in April (.217). Heyward has actually improved from last year against left-handed pitchers (.350 in 40 at bats), but he’s hit just .198 versus right-handed pitchers this season.

Miller pitches Saturday afternoon for Atlanta in game three of the series at Turner Field against the Brewers.

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