2013 Fantasy Baseball: OF Desmond Jennings Showing Real Power

By Adam McGill
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy baseball fans have praised Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings for his speed since he was a young prospect. However, the centerfielder is finally showing fantasy owners a little pop in 2013.

Jennings is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak and has been red-hot from the plate. He has 13 hits over that stretch, including three doubles, one home run, five RBIs, four stolen bases, and three walks.

DJ has particularly picked up his game since manager Joe Maddon demoted him from the leadoff hitter. Jennings has since been moved back into the number one spot and the speedster has not disappointed.

This season Jennings has also shown unprecedented power from the plate. He has already crushed 10 home runs to go along with a very impressive 34 RBIs. He has even matched his double total (19) from last season.

In 132 games last season, Jennings severely underachieved. He had just a .246 batting average with an embarrassing .388 Slugging Percentage. He also added just 13 total homers, 19 doubles, and 47 RBIs. Jennings may have stole 31 bases in 2012, but his power numbers were completely lacking. He has more than made up for it this season and is on pace to crush his career-highs.

Many doubted whether DJ had true 20-20 potential in centerfield and thought the team may have been hasty getting rid of Justin Upton. However, Jennings has recently put those rumors to rest.

Jennings has matured into a very reliable second outfielder and will be primed to have a huge second half of the fantasy season.

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

You May Also Like