Desmond Jennings
Desmond Jennings

Desmond Jennings (LF,CF)

Cincinnati Reds

Bats: R   Throws: R

Former Rays top prospect Desmond Jennings has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds. Zach Buchanan of the Enquirer reports Jennings will earn $1.5M if he makes the Opening Day roster. (Source: Cincinnati Enquirer)

Fantasy Impact: With Billy Hamilton and Adam Duvall locking down two spots in the Reds outfield, Jennings would at best be platooning a corner outfield spot along with Scott Schebler. As it stands, his fantasy value will be very limited.

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The Cincinnati Reds have signed free-agent OF Desmond Jennings. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jennings only played in 65 games last season hitting .200 with seven home runs and 41 RBI. Jennings at best will be a 4th OF for the Reds and until further notice, baring injury, will have no relevance in fantasy baseball.

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Desmond Jennings began his rehab assignment with the Rays' Single-A affiliate on Tuesday. He's been dealing with a hamstring injury over most of the month of July. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jennings should be ready to rejoin the Rays in roughly a week assuming he doesn't experience a setback to his hamstring injury. Despite his pedigree, he wasn't very useful for fantasy purposes prior to his injury, posting an OPS of .638 over 193 at-bats.

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The Rays have placed Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left hamstring. The move is retroactive to July 1.

Fantasy Impact: The Rays didn't see the healing they were hoping for and ultimately decided to send Jennings to the DL. It's been a disappointing season for the former top prospect, as he's only managed an OPS of .638 over 193 at-bats.

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Desmond Jennings took two walks and scored a run Friday night to help put the Rays past the Astros 4-3 at Tropicana Field in the first of a three-game weekend series.

Fantasy Impact: Jennings value may have come up with injuries to Kevin Kiermaier and Brandon Guyer in the Tampa Bay outfield, although the struggles of Corey Dickerson only add to reasons Jennings will continue to see more playing time. Some beat writers have said Jennings has turned a corner, showing more power lately, but don't look for him to be owned in anything but the deepest of leagues.

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Centerfielder Desmond Jennings did his part to help put the Rays past the Diamondbacks on Monday night at Chase Field with two RBI and three hits, one of which was a seventh inning homer to put the Rays up for good over Arizona 6-4.

Fantasy Impact: With Kevin Kiermaier out with a broken hand and now Brandon Guyer out until late June with a strained hamstring, Jennings is due to see more time in the Tamp Bay outfield. Jennings is slashing just .189/.257/.315 with four homers and two stolen bases in 127 at-bats this season so look to add him in deep mixed leagues or AL only formats to fill a void left from other injured players.

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Desmond Jennings started in left field Monday night against the Toronto Blue Jays and helped the Rays embarrass their division rivals in a 13-2 victory at the Rogers Center.

Fantasy Impact: Jennings fantasy value will likely be unchanged after his homerun tonight as he sits at just 1% owned in Yahoo and 1.5% owned in ESPN leagues. Look for Jennings as a bench bat or to fill in on off-days for the usual crew of Rays' outfielders.

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Desmond Jennings took White Sox reliever Zach Putnam deep in the eighth inning of Saturday's win over the Chicago White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: As a player who is between six and four percent owned in ESPN and Yahoo, there is little fantasy impact with Desmond Jennings, but in deep leagues with 20 or more teams expect him to be owned. If Kiermaier sits again on Sunday, expect Jennings to be slotted into the Rays' outfield against the White Sox in the series finale.

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Desmond Jennings is having a nice stretch so far this spring batting .500 with seven RBIs and a home run today off Pirates' left handed starter Francisco Liriano.

Fantasy Impact: The 29 year old was held to just 28 games last season due to injuries, but will likely want to prove he belongs among the starting outfielders in Tampa Bay this season. Things could bode well for Jennings if Dickerson struggles against tough lefties like David Price in the AL East. Currently, Jennings is going undrafted in most leagues with rank of 396. In deep leagues however or in AL only formats, he may have value if drafted late as a utility option.

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Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings admitted on Friday that he's likely "done for the season". (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In addition to the ongoing knee problems, Jennings has also been dealing with a tooth infection that required oral surgery. If this is indeed it for Jennings's 2015, it marks his most disappointing to date. Coming into next season, it'll be very hard for fantasy owners to have confidence in an outfielder with a checkered injury past, who only played in 28 games the season prior. Jennings more than likely ends his 2015 campaign with a .268/.324/.340 line with one homer, seven RBI, and five stolen bases in 97 at-bats.

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Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings ran the bases Friday afternoon. (Source: Roger Mooney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jennings has been on the 15-Day disabled list since August 27th after aggravating his knee injury he's suffered from the majority of the 2015 season. Even though he's progressing and should be back with the Rays somewhat soon, he's only amassed 97 total at-bats this season and isn't someone you can count on for stolen bases, which is his best skill. Steer clear for the rest of 2015.

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Desmond Jennings re-injures knee

Thu, Aug 27th 10:50am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Desmond Jennings missed Wednesday's game due to a bruised knee suffered in Tuesday's contest. At this point it's not clear if the team will send Jennings back to the DL. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: Jennings missed three months following knee surgery earlier this year, so there's speculation the team could just shut him down for the remainder of the season. He's largely disappointed since joining the majors as a top prospect.

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Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings (knee) will begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Durham, according to The Tampa Tribune. He is expected to receive around 30 at-bats before his activation from the disabled list. I don’t like to say anybody’s starting over, but we need to get his timing (back) and get him out there,” manager Kevin Cash said. (Source: Tampa Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: With such a young crowded outfield, I can't see the Rays rushing back Jennings anytime soon. When healthy Jennings can add a spark to the top of the Rays lineup. But its tough to tell until he comes back especially since he is coming back from a knee injury.

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Desmond Jennings underwent arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to clean up the inflammation he sustained in the plica band that surrounds the left knee cap. The Rays are giving an eight-week timetable for Jennings return at this current time. (Source: Roger Mooney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Well, at least the exploratory surgery completed a few days ago found what the problem was here. Along with the procedure today, it puts Jennings in a position to finally get healthy. The eight week timetable puts Jennings on track to return sometime in the beginning of August, at which point we as a fantasy community will have to monitor how he's running, since his main source of value is relying on his legs. The Rays will continue to trot out a combination of Brandon Guyer, Joey Butler, David DeJesus, and possibly even John Jaso (once he returns) in left field. Owners should continue to stash in AL-Only formats, but mixed leaguers can leave him on the wire.

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Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings will have an exploratory knee scope on Wednesday. The hope is that the procedure will discover what is truly going on in the knee, as Jennings has only played 18 games thus far due to what has been called knee bursitis. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The timetable for Jenning's return was already a fluid situation, but Rays manager Kevin Cash expressed pessimism in the situation, saying that if there wasn't anything new found, the best case scenario for a return would be 3-4 weeks. He would also say that even that wasn't likely. All in all, it's best to leave Jennings on the waiver wire in just about any league besides AL-Only's at this point. We'd have to see tangible progress in Jenning's left knee before we even make a case to stash him, and the situation is extremely ominous at the moment. Joey Butler and David DeJesus owners should feel pretty safe for at least a month longer.

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Desmond Jennings has been sent to see a knee specialist in Colorado. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's not clear at this time why he's seeing the specialist, but it's not a good sign. He still felt soreness the other day in extended spring training, and has made very slow progress from his knee bursitis that he suffered in April. We'll have an update when the Rays announce Jenning's status in the coming day or two.

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Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings had a few at-bats in an extended spring training game on Monday, his first game action since going down with left knee bursitis in late April. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While this is great news, it quickly turned a bit gloomy when Rays manager Kevin Cash said that Jennings "still felt something" in his knee during the game. From a fantasy perspective, it's about the same situation as it was a few weeks ago. Jennings return is still indefinite and without any clear indication of how the Rays will proceed with his rehab, it's best to leave him on waivers until further notice.

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Rays manager Kevin Cash indicated Tuesday that Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is "getting closer" to baseball activity. He started playing catch and taking dry swings on Tuesday, but there's still no firm timetable for his return from left knee bursitis. Jennings has been nursing the injury since late April. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Rays are desperate for bodies at this point, with Jennings representing one of many injuries that the club has endured in 2015. He figures to be moved around in the lineup upon his arrival, and we'll have to keep an eye on how he looks while running. Jennings legs are what make him a fantasy asset as he's averaged 22 stolen bases the last three seasons. He should make it back by mid-to-late June at the latest.

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Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings ran for the first time since landing on the disabled list on Sunday. He ran on a strip of grass outside Tropicana Field as opposed to the stadiums AstroTurf. Jennings has been on the shelf since April 26th with a knee problem, and should be nearing rehab assignment. (Source: Tampa Tribune )

Fantasy Impact: Jennings will certainly need some at-bats prior to coming back so he can establish timing. Rays manager Kevin Cash has said he wants Desmond to get plenty of repetitions as well, leaving a firm timetable seemingly non-existent. Jennings has never quite lived up to expectations, and his checkered injury history is certainly cause for concern. He should come back sometime in the next couple weeks and play regularly, while hitting around sixth in the lineup. Double digit home runs could be in play, but it'd be wise to monitor how much he's running once he returns.

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Jennings hits fist home run of the spring against the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond Jennings has been hot this spring batting .500 in a Tampa Bay line up that is not expected to compete. Now that Wil Myers has been traded, Jennings is a clear fantasy leader for the Rays with an average of 503 at-bats per season over the last three years. Last year his production took a dip, but there is no reason to believe he shouldn't bounce back as he is playing in his prime. Look to Jennings as a solid fourth OF option or waiver wire pick up with steals potential and steady run production.

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Rays OF Desmond Jennings collected 2 hits and a stolen base against the Yankees in Monday's spring game.

Fantasy Impact: Jennings has looked good so far this spring and could be a nice sleeper in fantasy leagues. Manager Kevin Cash has stated he will likely bat in the middle of the lineup, which could be more RBI's. If healthy, his SB totals could rise as well.

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The Rays' Desmond Jennings reports in recent off season workouts at the Trop that his lingering left knee issue last year has fully healed. (Source: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: Jennings offense last season produced career lows, with a stat line of .244/10/15. A healthly Jennings should see his totals increase to 15 HR and 20-25 SB. While not a top OF option in most drafts, he could be a solid second tier OF.