Drafted in the supplemental first round in 2010, a year after another high school star pitcher Shelby Miller was taken 19th overall, Tyrell Jenkins soon fell behind his fellow Texan in career advancement through the minors.
Though Jenkins received his first and only non-roster invitation to major league camp to date in 2012, the right-hander’s progress since has been slowed by shoulder problems that culminated in 2013 surgery.
Back on the mound in mid-June 2014, Jenkins continued to show improvement at High-A Palm Beach and was selected by the organization to keep pitching against more advanced competition in the Arizona Fall League. Between the two stops, Jenkins is just short of reaching 100 innings in a season for the first time as a professional.
In the AFL, Jenkins is fifth among all starting pitchers with a 2.22 ERA over six starts. The 22-year-old has struck out 18 in 24 1/3 innings, with the walks a bit high at 10.
In the following exclusive interview, Jenkins discusses his injuries, rehab and return. He discusses how the feel for his pitches came back and looks ahead to the future.
The Cardinal Nation’s extensive interview series from the Arizona Fall League will continue with pitchers Sam Tuivailala, Mitch Harris and Chris Perry along with catcher Cody Stanley, infielders Jacob Wilson and Breyvic Valera and outfielder C.J. McElroy.
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