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3/14/1981 (36 y, 9 d)
2000 June Amateur Draft - Round: 5, Pick: 10, Overall: 140, Team: Anaheim Angels
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Year in Review:
After three consecutive seasons of declining K/9 rates, Jenks rebounded in the category to post an 8.27 mark last year. But instead of improving upon his 2008 numbers, Jenks had a disappointing season in which he failed to reach 30 saves and finished the year on the disabled list. When batters did make contact versus Jenks, they hit the ball with more authority. Both his line-drive rate (18.1%) and fly-ball rate (33.1%) were higher than the previous season. And in addition to allowing more fly balls, a greater percentage of those ended up leaving the park. His 17.0% HR/FB rate led to nine homers, easily the highest mark of his career. There were grumblings throughout the season that Jenks was overweight. While it is unclear if that affected his pitching, we do know that he underwent surgery to remove kidney stones in August and his season ended the third week in September due to a right calf injury.
The Year Ahead:
While Jenks’ fastball showed greater velocity in 2009 than the previous season, it had less movement. The end result was a below-average pitch, with a wFB/C of -0.47. It is difficult to be a successful closer when the pitch you throw the most is handled by the opposition. Jenks’ hold on the closer’s role is tenuous at best. He is likely to give up fewer homers than in 2009, but he did not allow a homer in half of his six blown saves last year. Plus he could surrender fewer homers and still give up more runs if his LOB% falls from its lofty 80.1 mark of a year ago. Additionally, it was not a good sign that Jenks increased his K/9 and saw his WHIP rise as well. He had a normal .298 BABIP and a 1.28 WHIP. Jenks’ WHIP could explode with just a little bad luck in the BABIP department in 2010. (Brian Joura)
He showed the second-best strikeout and ground-ball rates of his career in 2010, but Bobby Jenks had terrible luck with the batted ball (.345 BABIP) and therefore became a potential vaue closer in the offseason. Unfortunately, he was picked up by a team in Boston with a pretty good closer, so now he's just a pretty good late inning man on a strong team. If he can stay healthy, he should be in for a good number of holds, but Daniel Bard will steal plenty of those too. "Third pitcher in the pen" doesn't scream "fantasy value pick," but Jenks should be able to manage a strikeout per inning with good control, so he'll work in some leagues. (Eno Sarris)
The Quick Opinion:
Too bad Jenks ended up in Boston, because he was much better than his ERA in 2010. He can still get you strikeouts with decent ratios, but with Daniel Bard and Jonathon Papelbon in front of him, holds and saves will be hard to come by.
Jenks was totally ineffective as a member of the Red Sox, and his status for 2012 is in question. With Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon in the fold, Jenks will be stuck with middle-relief duty to start, so don’t pick him up until he proves he can be effective. (Zach Sanders)
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