Dodgers: Three Prospects With Something to Prove in 2019
The Dodgers selected Jeren Kendall with their first round pick in 2017 out of the University of Vanderbilt with hopes that he would translate into a five-tool outfielder due to his “fast twitch” skills. He was compared to former Red Sox great Jacoby Ellsbury by some but after one full season in the minor leagues, it appears that those comparisons were too lofty
For the 2018 season, Kendall spent the entire season with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes where he appeared in 114 games. Jeren flashed some of his power-speed potential by hitting 12 home runs and stealing 37 bases although he was caught stealing fourteen times. Despite those two stats he hit just .215 and struck out 158 times in 438 at-bats.
Kendall has been working with the Dodgers’ hitting instructors this off-season so hopefully, he finds a way to make more contact in 2019. It will be something to keep an eye on in 2019 since Kendall is toolsy but the gap between his floor and ceiling is drastic. Another full season at Rancho is probable for Jeren in 2019.