The Atlanta Braves called up young right-handed pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins on Thursday, June 16, to join the bullpen.
Tyrell Jenkins, considered by many to be a top 10 prospect in the Atlanta Braves farm system, has been promoted to Atlanta from Triple-A Gwinnett. The 23 year old right hander has a 6-3 record in AAA baseball this year alongside a 2.91 ERA.
Having been a starter for most of his career, the Atlanta Braves recently moved him to the bullpen at Gwinnett in an attempt to try and get him to the bigs faster.
Several weeks later, that move seems to have happened.
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Jenkins came to the Braves in the Jason Heyward trade alongside Shelby Miller and was named the organizations pitcher of the year for 2015 where he split time between AA Mississippi and AAA.
Scouts speak highly of his fastball that sits in the mid 90’s and while it doesn’t possess much wiggle and generate many strike outs, it does force a lot of weak ground balls which help him get through the innings.
This alongside an average curve and changeup seems to be why the Braves have decided to transition him into the pen and the hope is that he will end up becoming a solid late innings eater for the team this year.
For a lot of fans, this promotion has been a long time coming, although with William Perez and Mike Foltynewicz on the DL and Aaron Blair struggling since his promotion, a lot of talk will continue to center around whether Jenkins should have been brought up as a starter already rather than transitioned to the bullpen.
Not that that particularly matters now and with Atlanta continuing to struggle in the Majors, we can likely expect a continued youth movement to the bigs as the year goes on.