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Desmond Jennings
Birthdate: 10/30/1986 (30 y, 4 m, 24 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/180     Position: OF
Drafted: 2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 10, Pick: 3, Overall: 289, Team: Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Contract: $1.5M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Jennings was scratched from Thursday's spring league game with a hip injury, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. (3/23/2017)
Injury: Undisclosed, Day-To-Day
Profiles:  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Jennings was ranked no worse than 80th in Baseball America's Top 100 prospect list each year from 2008-11. The folks at Baseball Prospectus were more bullish on him, as they ranked him in the Top 50 each of those four years. Jennings was slow-baked in the minors due to injury and cost-control measures and did not get a full-time role until his age-24 season. The hype and promise of his minor league career has not fully materialized in his major league career. Before leg issues derailed much of the past two seasons, he was a league-average offensive player who struggled against righties, especially those with good velocity that worked up in the zone. Jennings has been rather public with his displeasure of playing on synthetic surfaces, so his new home on soft grass may help his legs get back to health and get him running again. Now with Cincinnati, he could rebuild his career if used on the short side of a platoon and as a defensive specialist. It is not often a former prospect of his caliber is at a career crossroads at age 30, but that is where Jennings is at. (Jason Collette)

The Quick Opinion: Jennings has lost the last two seasons to leg issues, which may have been worsened by playing on the synthetic surface at Tropicana Field. When a speed guy loses his legs, everything else falls apart, as it has for him over the past two years. Thirty-year-old speedsters with bad wheels are not exactly a market inefficiency to exploit.

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