Player Spotlight: Outfielder Jenkins Returns For Third Season
Today begins the Player Spotlight Series. This series is going to give you an inside look at one or two players each week. This will tell you where they are from, how the player’s high school career was, and what their college career has been like!
Today’s player is Justin Jenkins! Jenkins is currently a Junior at the University of Iowa majoring in economics. This summer he is returning to play for the REX for his third consecutive season. He is a 5’10” 190 pound outfielder that is originally from Terre Haute, IN where he attended South Vigo High School. Fun Fact: He is a lefty! He is the son of Jeff and Cindy Jenkins and was born on July 21, 1997. He also has an older brother, Travis. His father was a collegiate football player at Ohio Northern University.
While in high school he was named a 2015 Underclass High Honorable Mention by Perfect Game. He was also ranked a top 500 player nationally by Perfect Game. In his senior year Justin played in the Indiana All-Star Game. He ended his high school career by being the school record holder for triples with 12 three-baggers.
In 2017 Jenkins played at the World University Games. He started in the Gold Medal game against Japan.
In 2018 Jenkins started 45 games, all of which were in centerfield. During the season he had a batting average (AVG) of .245, an on base percentage (OBP) of .379, had 20 runs batted in (RBI’s), scored 23 runs, and he drew 25 walks. Also in this season he was an Academic All-Big Ten Selection!
In the current season Jenkins has started 18 of 29 games, has an AVG of .214, an OBP of .362, 4 RBI’s, and has scored 4 runs. Through 120 college career games Jenkins has only recorded 2 errors making him an excellent defensive ball player!
We look forward to having Jenkins back for his third season and cannot wait to get the season started with him in our outfield. Go REXNation! Season tickets on sale now at https://www.rexbaseball.com/rex_tickets.php.