Tyrell Jenkins was once considered a potential solution in the Atlanta Braves starting rotation. Now Jenkins is on the street looking to find a job.
The Texas Rangers DFA’d Jenkins, the former first round pick, to make make roster space for the newly acquired David Rollins.
It wasn’t that long ago that the Braves acquired Jenkins, along with Shelby Miller, for Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden. The Braves ultimately won the trade, as Miller was dealt for Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair. Miller had a horrific 2016, while Inciarte won a Gold Glove and Swanson showed star potential. Heyward left St. Louis after one year to sign a mega-deal with the Cubs and win a World Series ring, even though his offensive stats were awful.
Jenkins was at one time ranked as a top 100 prospect by Baseball America (#94 – 2012) and a Braves top 20 prospect. He posted a solid 3.00 ERA at AA Mississippi, but his strikeout to walk ratio wasn’t good and he allowed too many base runners.
After a mediocre performance at Gwinnett, Jenkins was promoted to Atlanta. While enjoying popularity with fans and teammates, Jenkins didn’t enjoy the same success on the field. He finished the 2016 season with a 5.88 ERA and 1.692 WHIP. The Braves had seen enough and traded him along with Brady Feigl to the Rangers for Luke Jackson.
Based on yesterday’s release, the Rangers weren’t impressed with their close up look at Tyrell Jenkins.
Don’t expect John Coppolella and John Hart to jump at the chance for a second shot at Jenkins. Unless they need someone to throw BP at spring camp. Atlanta has too many top tier prospects right now; they don’t need to take a flyer on guys like Jenkins anymore.
UPDATE: The Reds have claimed Tyrell Jenkins off waivers.