If you haven’t heard the name Greyson Jenista yet, you’re definitely going to hear about him this upcoming season as he tries to lead Wichita State to the NCAA tournament in their first year as a member of the AAC (American Athletic Conference).
Jenista is a 6’4, 220 pound Junior out of De Soto High School and he’s built like an MLB ready first basemen. In 58 games started last year, Greyson hit .320 in 228 PA, 45 R, 73 H, 9 HR, 41 RBI’s, .509 SLG%, 32 BB’s, 46 SO, 6 SB, and had a solid .989 fielding percentage as a sophomore. In the Cape Cod league over the summer, Jenista was named the MVP of the league for the Cotuit (Mass.) Kettlers where he hit .310 with 24 runs, 44 hits, four doubles, three home runs, 16 RBI’s and nine stolen bases.
There’s a TON to like about Greyson as his fielding percentage went up from his freshman to sophomore year (.976 to .989). The good thing about Jenista is that almost every single category went up such as HR (5 to 9), 2B (8 to 14), Hits (56 to 73) and RBI (32 to 41). The only bad thing that went up from year one to two is his strikeout’s (27 to 46).
Here’s a link of Greyson in the Cape Cod League. The thing I like most about him is his smooth, powerful swing. He seems to time up the pitch very well with his load and he get’s a lot of power out of the swing. Jenista also seems to have a very good eye for pitches as he had 32 BB’s last season for the Shockers.
The consensus around the internet scouting Greyson is that he needed to improve on his fielding. According to thezygote50.com, this is what they had to say about him:
“Jenista makes quite a bit more sense as an American League draft choice. The 6-4 lefty hitter from Eudora, Kansas is of more value in the AL, regardless how his defense is. I have no reason to believe he’s a butcher defensively. However, the numbers game catches up to 1B in he NL.”
If Jenista isn’t particularly good at any position but first, he’s perfectly okay in the lower minors. He can mash at first, and play DH on occasion to give others a chance to play at first. This works all the way through Advanced-A Ball. However, by Double-A Ball, the DH goes away in games between National League teams. This also applies in Triple-A, and in AL venues in MLB.
As such, by Double-A, if Jenista is the first baseman in a game between NL sides, nobody else can play there. And he, likely, can’t play anywhere else.”
Many believe that Jenista can go in the top-half of the MLB draft but he needs to keep working on learning the outfield (as he was in the Cape Cod League as a centerfielder). Greyson also needs to work on hitting the off-speed pitches and working on his fielding. If he can keep hitting the weight room to get more power, work on his fielding and speed, a MLB team might get a very good player that could reach their team potentially very quickly.