Many people were on their way to pegging Tampa Bay Rays prospect Desmond Jennings as the next Rickey Henderson, but the speedster has not matured nearly as fast as fantasy baseball fans would have expected.
However, Jennings will now get a clean slate with former center fielder, B. J. Upton, now occupying the outfield with his brother with the Atlanta Braves. This now gives Jennings sole possession of the outfield down in Tampa.
The 26-year-old only hit .246 last year, but he severely struggled with injuries. Jennings simply did not look like himself in the batter’s box and his fantasy line certainly reflected his lack of confidence.
Jennings was still able to steal a rather impressive 31 bases in 132 games last year. DJ has true 50-steal potential in his legs, and it is only a matter of time until he leads the more conservative American League in steals. He will be one of the elite fantasy base stealers very soon.
The so-called speedster was even able to hit 13 home runs last year. A couple of them were not only home runs, but they were moonshots that landed in the upper deck. This is not what you expect from a base stealer, or even a leadoff hitter, so Jennings obviously has some untapped power in his bat.
Jennings has true 30-30 potential, but most owners refuse to see it. He may not be a top-10 fantasy outfielder, but he can be an amazing second outfielder, and an All-Star third option. Jennings has yet to reach his fantasy potential, so he has some serious numbers coming in 2013.