Ranger’s acquire Tyrell Jenkins



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Tonight the Ranger’s have traded Luke Jackson to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Tyrell Jenkins and Brady Feigl.

Jackson was drafted in the 2010 amateur draft in the supplemental stages of round 1, five picks prior to Jenkins. Jackson has spent most of his time the past two years at Round Rock and Frisco with very limited appearances at the major league level for mainly long relief. And although he has not had much success at the major league level, he is, or at least was, touted fairly high in the system a year ago. His fastball sits in low 90s but can dial it up to 97 if needed, with a slight above average curve, below average change and 40 grade command. The idea in this deal is that a change of scenerio will do Jackson, and Jenkins some good.

Onto what Texas received; Jenkins split most of his season between the big league club and AAA Gwinnette. His strikeout rate at both levels were not impressive, but his 0.32 HR/9 was conflicted with his semi high 3.76 BB/9. His ERA of 2.47 and FIP of 3.61 were pretty good too. During his stint in the bigs he posted a 5.88 ERA/6.86 FIP, walked 5.71 per 9 and not surprisingly gave up 1.9 HR/9.The silver lining is probably his 48% ground ball rate. Scouting reports say fastball 65, curve 55, change 45 and control 45 on mlb pipeline from 2015 season. Looking at him in 2016 he has reduced his leg kick and has an elevated 3/4 delivery. He has a really live 2-seam fastball that rides away from lefties and sits at about 90-94 mph on average. The late movement on his fastball should really help him induce a lot of ground balls, but he needs to improve on keeping it down in the zone as it gets away from him sometimes up in the zone. The movement on his fastball is sometimes a bane to his performance and leads to many walks, which were most likely strikeouts or weak ground outs in AAA Gwinnette. His curveball is a plus pitch that is sweeping and has hard bite that he throws at about 80-81 mph. His straight change-up is a show me pitch that at times almost looks developmental. It needs a lot of improvement as sometimes it seems to just float up to the plate at 82-84 mph but at least his arm speed and slot remain fairly consistent.
It’s not a wonder why the Rangers are interested in Jenkins as he is a pure athlete being a three-sport star in high school and was committed to play quarterback for Baylor before he was draftedby the Cardinals. An injury in 2013 requiring shoulder surgery has slowed his transition to pro baseball. He was projected as a player with enough stuff to be a TORP. Hopefully he can add some depth to the Ranger rotation in 2017.

Feigl went un-drafted in the 2013 season out of Mount St. Mary’s University and signed as a free agent with the Braves in November following that season. He most likely went un-drafted due to having a torn labrum his junior year causing him to undergo should surgery which affected his senior year numbers as he was still recovering. His first pro season in 2014 was a good one, posting 3.02 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 8.2 SO/9 combined with the Braves A and High-A teams. Lefties only hit .207 off of Feigle in 2014. Feigl was placed on a fast track to the Braves bullpen but once again injury woes during the spring of 2015 forced him to undergo Tommy John surgery on his elbow. He pitched only 1 game in 2015, but has logged 6 innings this season after his recovery in the Gulf Coast and Appalachian rookie leagues without allowing a run and walking only one batter. Feigl supposedly throws a 94-95 mph fastball, we’ll have to see how the TJ surgery affected his velocity. Feigl also contains a slider in his arsenal, the extent of it’s effectiveness is unknown to me as well as any other possible remaining pitches in his arsenal. I do know that, after his call up in 2014 to High-A that Feigl began pitching more to contact, which led to less walks and more outs and a better ERA. It will be interested to see if Feigl can make a comeback, it would be quite the story as he would have had a very unusual route to the majors.


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