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Garrett Jenkins showed speed at short-season; Saw four pro campaigns, made high-A

Going into the 1989 season, The Elmira Star-Gazette ran down that year's Elmira Pioneers team and included Garrett Jenkins as among the new team's cornerstones.

Jenkins and a new teammate had each stolen 35 bases over 30 spring games. A second teammate also could run, The Star-Gazette wrote.

"With these three (Jenkins included), se scored a lot of runs with not many hits (that spring)," Elmira manager Mike Verdi told The Star-Gazette. "I feel like we'll have as much speed and coverage area as anybody out there."

Jenkins ended up stealing 25 bases for Elmira that year and 40 at high-A Winter Haven in 1990. Jenkins, however, couldn't run himself higher. He topped out at high-A.

Jenkins' career began in 1988, taken by the Red Sox in the 14th round of the draft out of Steubenville High School in Ohio.

Jenkins started with the Red Sox in the rookie Arizona League. He hit .248 and stole five bases over 33 games.

He moved to Elmira for 1989. He hit his first home run June 30, a ninth-inning shot that proved the game-winner. He also returned from a minor ankle injury that August to steal two bases and hit a triple over a long weekend. He hit .194 overall.

Jenkins arrived at Winter Haven for 1990. He hit .244 over 63 games. He returned to Winter Haven for 1991, where he hit .239 over 83 games to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,911
Made the Majors:1,301-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,610-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:326

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