2011 Cardinals Prospect #9 – Tyrell Jenkins

The hard-throwing Texan had a very brief 2010 debut. Where will he pitch at age 18 in 2011?

Scout.com Player Profile (including links to full 2010 and career stats)

2010 rank Pos. DOB Ht. Wt. Bat Thw Signed Round
NA RHS 7/20/1992 6-4 180 R R 2010 1s

School: Henderson High School, Texas

Selected 2010 stats

JC 0 0 0.00 2 2 0 3 2 0 0 2 2 1.33 0.200

Staff comments (individual rankings in parentheses)

Dustin Mattison (19): Like with Oscar Tavares, I ranked Jenkins much lower than my colleagues. And believe me; it is not because I don't like the right-hander. Maybe, it is just my subconscious way of trying to temper my own expectations.

Signed to play quarterback at Baylor, it goes without saying that he is a tremendous athlete. Part of my reservation about Jenkins is that he is very raw, but he is the type of high upside athlete I have been lobbying for the Cardinals to take. They rolled the dice, stepped up and paid the above slot money to get him into the organization.

Jenkins possesses a mid-90s fastball that touches 96. With a projectable frame (6-foot-4, 180 pounds), he could very well add some velocity as he matures and adds bulk. His secondary offerings lag but have the makings of being solid average pitches. If you see him pitch, he really reminds some of a young Dwight Gooden.

The Cardinals are usually somewhat conservative with their young pitchers so he might start the season in extended spring training. But if his potential matches how he develops, the Cardinals have potentially a second number one starter in the system.

Message board community (6): Tyrell Jenkins was the community's sixth pick. He makes for an interesting contrast to yesterday's prospect, Seth Blair. Jenkins was taken at a very similar spot in the draft (50th player selected, to Blair's 46th).

Neither pitched much after being selected. Blair had no minor league innings, whereas Jenkins has two appearances at Johnson City, for three innings pitched. Baseball America described Jenkins as perhaps the most athletic pitcher in the draft. He lettered in basketball and ran track in addition to his football skills.

Jenkins is 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, so could gain some weight pretty easily, and he's already reportedly touched 96 mph with his fastball. He's a young pitcher with limited experience, but his upside seems very high. - Gagliano

Brian Walton (6): I have two important data points on Jenkins. One is his $1.3 million bank account. This early in his career, it still says a lot to me. Though I have not yet had the opportunity to see Jenkins pitch, the other data point is provided by our Johnson City staffer Shawn Kerrick. He was on hand for 100 percent of the youngster's professional outings to date, both of them. A subset of his report follows.

"I could see why he was highly regarded by scouts," Kerrick wrote about Jenkins in August. "His delivery appeared to be effortless... His pitches have that "whiffle-ball" like movement that you sometimes see with someone like Ubaldo Jimenez, and his changeup looks to be very good.

"Control could be an issue over the next few years since his pitches appear to have so much movement. His 0.00 ERA was a little deceiving as his FIP was 3.87. Hopefully he can put together a Shelby Miller-like year with Quad Cities next year," Kerrick concluded.

That seems about right, as reflected in my ranking.

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