There are some very good uncommitted seniors playing this spring, with hopes of securing an opportunity at the four-year college level. One of those players, Willow Glen HS centerfielder Michael Jenkerson, got off to a big start in the Rams' first game. Jenkerson, a wide receiver for the football team, is a highly athletic player who is really coming into his own on the diamond. His skills are quickly catching up to his athleticism and raw talent and the results are showing.
In the opening game against Los Gatos, Jenkerson was a star for WG. He was 2-4 with a 2-R home run and made a diving catch (which are FREQUENT for him) which saved two runs. When you add that up, his homer and catch were responsible for a four run swing in the game. Ultimately Los Gatos won the game 12-5 but it would have been a whole lot worse for the Rams without Jenkerson's day.
I have seen him consistently make outstanding plays in centerfield, due most to the excellent jump he gets on and his ability to close on the ball. He is not a burner in terms pure running speed but he is a solid average, if not slightly above average runner. He throws accurately and is a heady outfielder. For those who have seen him play, they know the defense is there and they like the athleticism. The question has been how much will he hit and it was a question for me too.
Well, Jenkerson has worked very hard on his swing and it shows. He has always had the ability to keep the ball out of the air and I liked his short contact oriented swing as a foundation. Now, he is getting through the ball better, driving it better and is able to backspin the ball, resulting in some carry. He has plenty of bat speed so it is all about how consistently he can square up at contact and get extension. Early indications are that he is on his way to being a very well rounded player.