TORONTO -- Former Lima Locos pitcher Chad Jenkins has made his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays this season. Jenkins has come on to pitch for the Blue Jays in relief, making his first MLB appearance on August 7th against the Tampa Bay Rays. He would post 3.0 innings of work, allowing only two hits and notching two strikeouts. Since that appearance in Tampa, he has recorded 5.2 innings of relief pitching and has allowed no earned runs or hits since the game against the Rays. He has the two strikeouts and has yet to walk a batter. He has pitched against the New York Yankees and most recently, the Chicago White Sox. Jenkins pitched in the 9th inning in both appearances against the White Sox.
*Jenkins was selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft Tuesday night. He was taken #20 overall by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jenkins was named Third-Team All America this past season at Kennesaw State University, posting an 8-1 record with a 2.54 ERA. At one point in the season had authored 41 consecutive scoreless innings on his way to being named the Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year.
In 2008 for the Locos Jenkins was the team’s best pitcher as he went 3-1 with a 2.11 ERA in 7 starts.*