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Atlanta prospect Tyrell Jenkins could see Atlanta in 2016

The Braves will closely watch Tyrell Jenkins in big league camp to see how close he is to the big leagues.

Tyrell Jenkins was acquired from the Cardinals in the Jason Heyward trade in November, 2014. He’s a 6-4 right-handed pitcher and will turn 24 this July 20.

Last season Jenkins split the year between AA Mississippi and AAA Gwinnett. Overall, he made 25 starts and was 8-9 with a 3.19 ERA. He allowed 127 hits in 138.1 innings, with 61 walks and 88 strikeouts.

With the addition of Aaron Blair and Sean Newcomb, it’s going to be more difficult for Jenkins to crack the Atlanta rotation to start the 2016 season. Would that mean Jenkins has a better chance to make it to Atlanta as a reliever?

Possibly. The Braves have accumulated a lot of starting pitching prospects and not all of them are going to be able to make the Atlanta rotation. So the bullpen must be considered an option.

Jenkins had just 45.1 innings in Triple-A late last season, so he likely needs more time in Gwinnett. Jenkins needs to increase his strikeout total to give himself a chance, so he’ll work on that in Triple-A.

The competition should help Jenkins, who still has a chance to be a contributor in Atlanta. He could make a great impression in March in big league camp, and that might make the coaches tempted to find a role for him.

Jenkins is a bit older than some of the older prospects, but he still needs a bit more work. Expect to see him sometime this season in Atlanta. The role will be determined based on the need at the time.

ETA: Late-2016

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