Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Bobby Jenks Report

Bobby Jenks, RHP, Chicago White Sox
Drafted 140th Overall (5th Rd), 2000 Draft, HS, Kenmore, WA
Bats R/Throws R
24 YO, 6'3", 270 lbs

Jenks is the classic Nuke LaLoosh/wild thing kid. He has serious heat and movement on his mid 90's to high 90's fastball and a hard curve that could grow into another solid out pitch. However, he has the classic problems that come with the skill set, injuries and control. He has been plagued with "stress reactions" in his pitching elbow, and he had surgery last year.

2004 Salt Lake City: 8.03 ERA, 13 K, 6 BB, 19 H, 1 HR, 12 IP
2004 Rancho Cucamonga: 19.64 ERA, 3 K, 7 BB, 5 H, 0 HR, 4 IP
pre-2005 mL Career: 4.92 ERA, 396 K, 267 BB, 340 H, 21 HR, 388 IP

Since claiming him off waivers, the White Sox have given in to inevitability and shifted him to the pen. Is it going to make a difference? Nobody knows. He probably needs some mechanical work, but with his classic power reliever arsenal, he has a very high ceiling if it works out. I wouldn't have taken the gamble and tied up a 40 man roster spot, but I'm not in charge of the White Sox, Kenny Williams is. Jenks gets a low grade based on his numbers and injury history, but he has more upside than just about anybody you'll find with his grade.

ETA: ???
1 1/2 Stars

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