Maine Black Bears slugger Jeremiah Jenkins is a very intriguing prospect who’s caught the eye of many MLB teams as he readies for his junior season.

The towering 6-foot-4- and 240-pound prospect by way of St. Vincent Pallotti High School located in Maryland, was named the America East Player of the Year in 2023.

 

In the regular season, Jenkins belted 18 home runs and drove in 70 runs for the Black Bears.

But it was his .371 batting average and .500 on-base percentage that caught the attention of MLB scouts.

Yes, he has great power, but he also bats for average and gets on-base at an extremely high clip.

 

 

 

 

Jenkins Was A Standout All Season

 

Jenkins, an Upper Marlboro native posted 20 multiple-hit games, including seven three-hit games and three four-hit games. Jenkins .753 sluggish percentage.

Jenkins also had 15 games with at least two RBI, eight games with four or more including three six-RBI games.

 

Jenkins also made just three errors in 400 chances at first base after being the DH in his freshman season. Because of his glove at first base, teams saw he was much more than a DH.

 

 

Jenkins Developed A Ton From Freshman To Sophomore Season

 

During his freshman season, Jenkins was good batting .284 with 7 homers and 27 RBI in 46 games a year ago. Took a huge jump in 2023, and teammate Quinn McDaniel took notice, the second baseman told reporters this.

 

“It’s crazy how much he has developed. He put in a lot of work in the offseason. His consistency has gotten a lot better.”

 

Jenkins himself says he pretty much swung at everything during his freshman season, and during the offseason he changed his mindset to become a more selective hitter.

 

“Last year, I swung at everything. I’m more selective this season. That allows me to be more dangerous.”

 

“During the offseason, I would put the ball on a hitting tee on the outside corner and I’d hit it to the left side of the cage. I also tried to hit the ball to the left off the pitching machine or during batting practice.”

 

Jenkins credits being in better shape for his huge sophomore season as well.

 

“I lifted almost every day and have gotten stronger, leaner and faster. It was a good offseason for me. It’s windy up here so you have to muscle up to hit the ball out of here sometimes.”

 

Jenkins is the 122nd-ranked prospect in the Future Stars Series and is sure to climb up every MLB prospect rankings list prior to the 2024 collegiate season.

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