This is the fourth time a member of the Bulls has received an IL weekly honor in 2010, but the first time for a hitter. Jennings joins pitchers Jeremy Hellickson (2x) and Aneury Rodriguez.
DESMOND JENNINGS, Durham Bulls, IL BATTER OF THE WEEK
Outfielder Desmond Jennings sparked his red-hot Durham club to a 6-1 record this week, extending their lead in the IL South to a whopping 10.5 games. For the week, Jennings led the International League with 14 hits, a .538 batting average, 7 extra-base hits, 3 triples, 9 runs scored, 11 RBI, and a .581 on-base percentage. He collected multiple hits in five of the six games in which he played, and drove in at least one run in all of them. He had three games with three hits, two games with 3 runs and two games with 3 RBI. In the course of a single week, Jennings raised his average on the season from .228 to .286 and increased his RBI total from 7 to 18.
23-year-old Desmond Jennings is in his fifth season as a professional player, all coming within the Tampa Bay farm system. Last year he was named the Rays Minor League Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of both Double-A Montgomery and the Southern League, despite being promoted to Durham in late July. He is ranked as the #1 prospect in the organization according to Baseball America. Jennings is a native of Birmingham, Alabama.
Period G AVG H AB R 2B 3B HR RBI SLUG BB SB Week: 6 .538 14 26 9 4 3 0 11 .923 4 2 Season: 41 .286 40 140 29 11 3 0 18 .407 17 14--From IL Release.