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Desmond Jennings | Outfielder

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/30/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Desmond Jennings (knee) is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.
Jennings tweaked his left knee during Saturday's game. It doesn't appear to be a major concern at this point, but it's also unclear when he might be ready to return to the lineup. The Rays are going with Brandon Guyer in left field, Kevin Kiermaier in center and Steve Souza in right on Sunday. Apr 26 - 10:13 AM

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Desmond Jennings left Saturday's game with left knee soreness.

Kevin Kiermaier took over for Jennings in center field to begin the eighth inning. Jennings went 1-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts before exiting. He's day-to-day.
Apr 25 - 9:06 PM

Desmond Jennings went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

Jennings was far from the only one scuffling in the contest, as the Rays as a team collected just three hits. He's off to a slow start in 2015 and is currently hitting just .195/.306/.195. In 41 at-bats, he has just eight hits, none for extra bases. Jennings isn't as bad a hitter as the early season numbers say, but the once-heralded prospect has yet to put together the kind of power-speed season that scouts envisioned for him. To this point, his season-best for home runs was 14 in 2013 and his season best for steals was 31 in 2012. His steal totals have dropped each of the last three seasons.
Apr 18 - 11:32 PM

Desmond Jennings went 1-for-3 with a walk, two stolen bases, and a run scored in Monday's win versus the Blue Jays.

Jennings singled against R.A. Dickey to lead off the fourth, then scored when Dickey issued a two-out, bases loaded walk. Jennings accrued a pair of stolen bases in the game, giving him three on the season. The speedy outfielder is a good bet to post double-digits in both home runs and steals again this season, which would make him a nice value play for mixed leagues.
Apr 13 - 10:10 PM

Desmond Jennings went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in the Rays' 3-0 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.

Jennings is batting .463 in 41 at-bats this spring. It seems like he's an annual disappointment for fantasy purposes, but with expectations low this time around, he could still be a nice find as a fourth or fifth outfielder in mixed leagues. It hurts some that he'll bat in the bottom half of the lineup initially, but if he hits, he should move up quickly.
Apr 1 - 4:30 PM

Desmond Jennings doubled, singled and walked in his three plate appearances Sunday against the Blue Jays.

The rest of the Rays combined to go 1-for-20 with no walks and 10 strikeouts today, so Jennings' showing really stands out. He was hitting third today, though that's been Asdrubal Cabrera's spot all spring. Most likely, Jennings will open the season batting sixth. However, he'd seem to us to be a better option to bat third than than Cabrera. At least he's had .334 and .319 OBPs the last two years, compared to .299 and .307 for Asdrubal.
Mar 22 - 3:46 PM

Desmond Jennings returned to action on Wednesday and went 2-for-2 against the Blue Jays.

Jennings was scratched Tuesday because of a flu-like symptoms. He's 9-for-16 with a couple of steals this spring.
Mar 18 - 4:51 PM

Desmond Jennings was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup due to a stomach issue.

He should be good to go in the next day or so. Jennings dealt with a knee injury for part of last season before finishing with a disappointing .244/.319/.378 batting line to go along with 10 home runs, 36 RBI, and 15 stolen bases over 123 games.
Mar 17 - 10:48 AM

Desmond Jennings went 2-for-2 with a steal against the Yankees on Monday.

Jennings played in left field today, as the Rays have been shifting their outfielders around, trying to figure out the best alignment. Jennings, Steven Souza and Kevin Kiermaier are all capable in center, as is future callup Mikie Mahtook.
Mar 9 - 4:43 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash indicated Wednesday that he could hit Desmond Jennings fifth or sixth this season.

Cash said this in the context of wanting to get Jennings "out of the leadoff mentality." The 28-year-old owns a .695 OPS against right-handed pitching in his career compared to an .811 OPS against southpaws, so it has been clear for a while now that he might not be the best option for the leadoff spot. Being pushed down in the lineup hurts his fantasy potential, but he could be in a position to drive in more runs.
Feb 25 - 11:51 AM

The Rays have talked about Desmond Jennings splitting time between center field and left field.

Kevin Kiermaier impressed with his defense in center field in a small sample last year and the Rays would like to give him more opportunities. Jennings is said to be fine with the planned arrangement.
Feb 24 - 9:44 AM

Desmond Jennings says his left knee is back to 100 percent.

Jennings initially injured the knee before the All-Star break last season, but continued to play through it before sitting out the final month of the season. However, some extended rest appeared to do the trick. "One hundred percent, and ready to play some baseball," said Jennings. "I feel good." Jennings, 28, batted just .244/.319/.378 with 10 home runs, 36 RBI, and 15 stolen bases across 123 games last season. It's fair to expect a bit of a rebound with improved health, but he has struggled to meet expectations so far in the big leagues.
Feb 3 - 11:48 AM

Rays and OF Desmond Jennings avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.1 million contract.

He'll get an extra $25,000 if he reaches 550 plate appearances. It's a nice raise for Jennings, who was in his first season of arbitration eligibility. The 28-year-old hit a disappointing .244/.319/.378 last season and saw his year end prematurely due to a knee ailment. He'll be the Rays' center fielder again in 2015.
Jan 16 - 9:59 AM

Desmond Jennings (knee) is done for the season.

Jennings has been on the shelf since August 28 due to discomfort in his left knee. It's beginning to show improvement, but the Rays aren't going to rush him back for the final week. "It's gotten better, it's coming along," Jennings told reporters Sunday evening. "I was worried at first, I'm not really as worried now."
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 08:55:00 AM

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Sunday that Desmond Jennings (knee) is unlikely to return this season.

Jennings hasn't played since August 28 due to left knee discomfort and simply hasn't made any progress. He doesn't have any structural damage, so the outfielder should be fine with some rest and rehab and will have a relatively normal offseason. Kevin Kiermaier will hold down center field for the remainder of the season.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 12:20:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Rene Rivera
2Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2Allan Dykstra
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Tim Beckham
4Ryan Brett
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
S1Alex Cobb
2Chris Archer
3Jake Odorizzi
4Drew Smyly
5Nate Karns
6Erasmo Ramirez
7Alex Colome
8Matt Andriese
9Matt Moore
Relief Pitcher
R1Jake McGee
2Brad Boxberger
3Ernesto Frieri
4Kevin Jepsen
5Jeff Beliveau
6Steve Geltz
7Jose Dominguez
8C.J. Riefenhauser
9Brandon Gomes