Monday, July 20, 2009

Desmond Jennings Named Southern League Hitter Of The Week

Montgomery Biscuits[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]

Montgomery Biscuits outfielder Desmond Jennings has been named as the Southern League's Hitter of the Week for the week of July 13-19.

Following the All-Star break, during which he electrified the crowd at the XM All-Star Futures Game with three stolen bases, Jennings went 10-for-16 (.625) against West Tenn during a five-game series at Riverwalk Stadium. Making those numbers more impressive were the fact that he also walked eight times, recording an on-base percentage for the series of .750.

Four of his 10 hits were for extra-bases (three doubles, home run), and he also led the league during the week in runs scored (eight), slugging percentage (1.000) and stolen bases (four).

The 22-year old currently leads the Southern League in total hits (115), triples (eight), runs scored (68) and stolen bases (35). He was voted as a Southern League All-Star, but did not participate in the Southern League All-Star Game due to his selection to the U.S. Team for the XM All-Star Futures Game in St. Louis, MO.

The award is the second for a Biscuit this season, as 1B Rhyne Hughes, now with Durham (AAA), was the Hitter of the Week for the week of April 20-26. Jennings was named the Tampa Bay Rays organizational Player of the Month for April.

The Biscuits enjoy an off day on Monday before opening a five-game series against the Birmingham Barons at Regions Park on Tuesday night. Game one is scheduled for 7:05 PM with RHP Brian Baker (5-1, 3.47) making the start for the Biscuits against RHP Charlie Shirek (3-3, 2.31) for Birmingham.

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