Jenkins pitches well in AAA debut

The Braves have another prospect emerging as a legit candidate for the 2016 season.

The tremendous season of Tyrell Jenkins continued Thursday afternoon as he made his debut with Triple-A Gwinnett.

Jenkins pitched seven scoreless innings against the Norfolk Tides and allowed seven hits, with one walk and six strikeouts. He won the game as the Braves beat the Tides 1-0. Carlos Fisher and Ryan Kelly pitched two scoreless innings of relief to nail down the victory.

Jenkins made 16 starts for Double-A Mississippi and was 5-5 with an ERA of 3.00. He allowed 84 hits in 93 innings, with 31 earned runs, 41 walks and 59 strikeouts.

The Braves acquired Jenkins from the Cardinals with Shelby Miller for Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden. He had shoulder surgery early in the 2014 season before making 13 starts with High-A Palm Beach. The 17 starts Jenkins has made so far this season represent the most in one season in his career.

If Jenkins continues to impress, he will likely fall in line with the starting pitchers in Atlanta and Gwinnett that will be in the conversation for the 2016 rotation.

Jenkins turns 23 on July 20.

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