The Rays top prospect Desmond Jennings is living up to the moment. His patience at triple-A Durham paid off, and now his turn has come. In his first MLB appearance of 2011, Jennings went 2 for 3 with two extra-base hits and an RBI. He also showed off his incredible speed scoring on a ground-ball base hit from first. This is something that the Rays and their fans are very excited about. Every team wishes to have a young player that can hit for average, field all outfield positions well, run like the wind, and run the bases intelligently. Is Jennings the new and improved B.J. Upton? I have a feeling the Rays front office thinks so, as Upton trade rumors have been heating up lately. If Jennings can be at least as good as B.J. in the future, that could be great news for the Rays. That means that the Rays could trade Upton for a good bat or an arm, and easily replace him with Jennings. That would be ideal. The Rays confidence in Desmond Jennings is why I think there’s a good chance Upton could be traded away at the deadline in a week. These next 7 days should be an interesting week for the Rays.
Check out what the ESPN SweetSpot blog says about Jennings: http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/14123/desmond-jennings-up-to-stay