Originally posted on Rays Index  |  Last updated 12/5/11
ESPN.com has released their annual list of the top 50 players 25 years old or younger. And the Rays two big rookies are both on the list. Jeremy Hellickson, 24, who won the American League’s Rookie of the Year Award is number 42. And Desmond Jennings, 25, comes in at number 15. On Jennings: He finally stayed healthy in 2011 and shined in his first extended big league stint. (Although staying healthy for a full season might have led to fatigue that caused him to hit .160/.258/.245 in September.) Even with that final month, Jennings hit 22 homers, drew 76 walks and stole 37 bases in 585 plate appearances across Triple-A and the majors, while playing above-average defense in center (in Triple-A) and left (in the majors)…His ability to adjust to soft stuff away was particularly impressive. He’s not far from his ceiling — a solid-average glove, OBP in the high .300s, 20-25 homers, and 30-40 steals. On Hellickson: The AL Rookie of the Year won it largely because of performance in ...
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