Former DeKalb County High School pitching standout Steven Jennings will soon see his face on a Major League Baseball card.
The Bowman Company has released the checklist for its popular Bowman Draft produce and Jennings will appear on an insert card called “Recommended Viewing,” a two-player card that pairs up prospects from the same franchise.
Drafted this summer in the 2nd round by the Pittsburg Pirates, Jennings will appear along with the player the team drafted in the first round, Shane Baz. The card will have 4 parallel versions-refractors, gold refractors numbered to 50 copies, red refractors numbered to only 5 copies and a superfractor which is a one-of-a-kind card.
The product is expected to be released December 6th.
Meanwhile, Panini Elite Extra Edition, another prospect-filled baseball card set, is scheduled to hit hobby shops at the same time and there is speculation Jennings will also appear in that product, possibly even with an autograph card, although Panini has yet to release the checklist.
After being drafted, Jennings was assigned to the Pirates Gulf Coast League affiliate. According to rumbunter.com, a Pirate internet fan site, Jennings made 10 starts and compiled 26.1 innings. He had an earned run average (ERA) of 4.10 while striking out 13 batters and walking 10. While his strikeouts per nine innings rate was low at 4.44, he had an impressive groundball rate of 55.6 percent. Opponents batted only .281 off him which gave him a WHIP average of 1.56.
The website said “Jennings will most likely play in Short-Season A ball next season. He will likely make about 10 starts in Bristol and the Pirates will likely try to keep his innings limited in his second professional season.”
The website also said “The expectations are very high for him going forward. MLB Pipeline has him ranked as the Pirates number 10 overall prospect.”