It’s early in spring training, but outfielder/first baseman Kyle Jensen is off to a hot start and is impressing those in the San Francisco Giants organization.
He’s played in all six games this spring, but has only had more than one at-bat in one of those games. Still, he’s managed to crank out 3 home runs on 4 hits with 7 RBI in 7 at-bats.
Those are some pretty wild percentages.
You see these numbers a lot early in spring training, and even at the beginning of the season when someone gets out to a good start. Even though Jensen will likely cool off at some point, it’s still fun to dissect, and it gives us a chance to profile a player we normally might not.
Jensen last played in the big leagues in 2016 — his only year in the big leagues. He played 17 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks and hit .194 in 31 at-bats with 2 home runs.
Before that he spent eight-and-a-half seasons in the minor leagues where he hit .266 in 3,427 at-bats with 178 home runs and a .341 on-base-percentage.
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He was drafted in the 12th round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the then Florida Marlins. After spending six seasons in their organization, he spent the 2015 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers Triple-A team.
In 2016 he spent time on the Diamondbacks Triple-A team before making his major league debut.
This past season, he played six games in Japan Pacific League before he was released.
The Giants signed him to a minor-league contract back in early January with an invitation to spring training.
There is a lot of upside to Jensen making this team, or at least adding depth in the minor league system. He has hit at least 18 home runs every season from 2010-2016. His home run totals over that time are: 18, 27, 24, 28, 27, 20 and 30.
The San Francisco Giants are obviously desperate for more power in the lineup. If Jensen can finally put it all together the big league level he could provide a 20-plus home run bat.
Spring Training is full of hope!