Steven Jennings

STEVEN JENNINGS, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: November 13, 1998
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 2nd Round, 42nd Overall, 2017
How Acquired: Draft
High School: DeKalb County HS (TN)
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE

Jennings was a star quarterback in high school, but had his football career ended by an ACL injury during his junior year.  He was healthy enough to play baseball in 2017 and impressed scouts enough that he was considered a second round talent.  The Pirates selected him with the compensation pick from their failure to sign Nick Lodolo in 2016.  Jennings has loose arm action with quickness, which generates a fastball that, according to Baseball America, ranged from 90-96.  In the GCL after being drafted he sat at 89-92.  He also throws a hard slider that could end up as a plus pitch, along with a curve that has potential.  By the time that he reached Bristol, his change was his best pitch.  BA ranked Jennings 49th among draft prospects.  He had a commitment to Mississippi, but the Pirates signed him for $264,500 above the slot amount.

2017
R:  0-2-0, 4.10 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 26.1 IP, 3.4 BB/9, 4.4 K/9

Jennings didn’t put up great numbers in the GCL.  A lot of it was a shaky stretch in early- to mid-August, but he pitched well in his last two starts.  He showed mostly good control but didn’t strike out many hitters.

2018
R+:  3-4-0, 4.82 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 65.1 IP, 3.7 BB/9, 7.3 K/9

Jennings spent the season in the Bristol rotation.  His performance was uneven, but probably better than the ERA.  He improved gradually; his opponents’ OPS, from June through August, was .807, .743 and .627.  He had no platoon split.  It’s possible he was affected by a broken rib that he suffered before the season and that impacted his preparation.

Jennings should be in the rotation at Greensboro in 2019.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2019: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $1,900,000
MiLB Debut: 2017
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2023
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 12, 2017: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2nd round, 42nd overall pick; signed on June 22.