Monday, November 15, 2021
The offseason is here and it’s a perfect time to recap the 2021 season of each of the Braves top 30 prospects. In this series, I’ll discuss each player’s performance from this past year, as well as what’s needed for them to continue to rise in the organization. All rankings are derived from my most-recent 2021 Braves Top 30 Prospect List, which came out this past August. Following this series, a fresh top 30 will be constructed, primarily based on the notes I’ll provide in this column.
- Jefrey Ramos, OF (link)
- Brandol Mezquita, OF (link)
- Cody Milligan, 2B (link)
- Drew Lugbauer, 1B/DH (link)
- Tanner Gordon, RHP (link)
#25. Greyson Jenista, OF/1B
2021 stats: 89 G, .216 AVG, 19 HR, 42 RBI, 124 wRC+
Back in August I wrote about Jenista’s strikeout issues, and now that the 2021 season is over, the concern is the same. The 24-year-old struck out 118 times in 329 PA this past year, which comes out to a 35.9% K rate – the highest rate of his pro career so far. Sure, the 19 home runs were nice, ranking second on the M-Braves (behind Shea Langeliers), BUT it’s going to be quite the challenge maintaining an above-average offensive profile with that many whiffs.
In the summer I had Jenista nearing a top-20 ranking, though even with the power explosion it’s going to be difficult for him to stay inside the top 30 in my new list considering the many talented outfielders in this Braves system. Although, I still like this guy as a platoon bat who only faces righties. Just consider his splits this past season…
vs. RHP: 197 PA, .256 AVG, .912 OPS, 13 HR
vs. LHP: 81 PA, .169 AVG, .752 OPS, 5 HR
Cut back on the whiffs! That’s really the only thing holding back Jenista. Surprisingly, given his size (6-4, 210 lbs.), the guy is pretty athletic, and the times I’ve seen him in person he’s been solid with the glove. Jenista also has some decent speed, going 7 for 9 in stolen bases in 2021. Yeah, all-in-all, this is still a talented Braves prospect. It’s just that, given the depth of the position these days, Jenista is really going to have to step it up even more to keep up.
Obviously, with 163 games spanning two seasons worth of experience in Double-A, Jenista is ready to get his shot with Triple-A Gwinnett — either as a DH, a first baseman or an outfielder (all of which he’s spent of plenty of time playing). We’ll see if he can cut back on the swing and miss in 2022, because if he can, Jenista could finally be on the cusp of reaching his full potential.