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Area Codes 15: Jenkins jumps; Suggs surges

August 9, 2009

Tyrell Jenkins and Colby Suggs have different body types, but these two Texas right-handers each showed why they should be on 2010 draft lists in an always-competitive state.

Jenkins (Henderson HS, Henderson, Tex.) pitched earlier in the week at 86-89 with a slider at 81, but his arm speed and body type indicated that there was more to come. Sunday, Jenkins’s outing warranted following him next spring. The 6-4, 175-pound right-hander pitched at 89-91 with a good slider at 84 and a change-up down to 80-81. He should have much more upside and has a true whippy arm – loose, strong, and resilient. He also has a long way to go before physical maturity, so Jenkins has nowhere to go but up.

Colby Suggs pitched effectively again. The right-hander, throwing for the Athletics, topped at 91 and pitched at 89-91 with a change-up down to 84. He pitched two scoreless innings, retiring Brian Ragira and Matt Lipka. Christian Summers hit the hardest ball against him, a sharply hit single to right field. Suggs (Sulphur Springs HS, Sulphur Springs, Tex.) pitched effectively here and should be watched in the spring. He’s only 6-0, but 230 pounds. He does a good job of getting on top of the ball to compensate for his height and of maintaining balance and landing. He’s broadly built through the back and shoulders and is a good athlete.


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