Saturday, April 19, 2008

Meet the Marlins Prospect: Andy Jenkins

Andy Jenkins - The Ultimate Utility Man - 6′0 - 205lbs - 24 years old - Bats: Right - Throws: Right

Andy Jenkins
Jupiter 425 27 4 1 24 74 .289 .326 .379

Taken in the 11th round of the 2005 amateur draft, Andy Jenkins had an interesting season in high-A Jupiter. He started off terribly, hitting .212 in April. After that start, he hit .303 the rest of the way. Now he did only get 52 at bats in April because of an injury and it took him a while to get into a groove. Coming off a season in Greensboro where he hit .288/.353/.382, it was expected that all of those numbers would drop in the Florida State League. As we all know how much harder the FSL is on hitters than the SALLY. Well the only thing that took a big hit was his on base percentage, but he was hit 9 less times in Jupiter than the previous year. So his walk rate was not effected much.

Like his position says above, he is the ultimate utility man. Last year in Jupiter, he played atleast 10 games at catcher, first base, third base and in the outfield (both corner spots). While he was drafted primarily as a third baseman, the Marlins have been trying to turn him into a catcher and so far, the results are good. While his catch and release still isn’t up to speed, he has a very accurate arm behind the plate and is a solid game caller. At third base, he has a sure glove and a strong arm as well. While he has played the outfield successfully, he is better suited somewhere in the infield.

As of now, he’s a guy who gets most of his value because he can play all over the diamond. Because he doesn’t walk much, his on base percentage depends mostly on his batting average. Luckily for him, he has been able to keep it in the .280s or better for his career. He hasn’t shown the ability to hit for power yet, but things could change as he goes onto Carolina. While the Southern League isn’t a hitter’s palace, it’s definitely better than Jupiter and the Florida State League. If management feels that Andy can turn into a full time catcher, his value would sky rocket.

Update: .235/.278/.324 with 1 hr and 8 rbi in 34 at bats

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