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Marlins Minor League Player of the Week 6/2-6/8

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For the 6th installment of the Marlins Minors Player of the Week we’ll look at the Marlins AA affiliate the Jacksonville Suns, and their low-batting average but plenty of power bopper Kyle Jensen. Jensen showed his offensive potential this week and displayed the firepower he can provide in the middle of the lineup.

This past week Jensen hit 4 home runs in 6 games. Half of his hits left the yard as he was 8 for 23 on the week, for a nice batting average on .348 over that span. He scored a run in every game in the week, totaling 6 in 6 games. He also had 6 RBI’s in 6 games on the week, driving in at least 1 run in 4 games and knocking home at least 2 in 2 of those games. He only struck out 3 times in the week and even managed to steal a base. His batting average rose from .219 to .234, his on base percentage from .314 to .320 and his slugging percentage made an incredible jump, fueled by all those homers. It went from .410 to .473 over the span of a week. He even had a homer on June 1, giving him nice monthly totals of a .333 batting average with 9 hits, 2 doubles, 5 long balls, and 7 RBI’s in June.

So far this season Jensen has hit 12 home runs and has 34 RBI’s to go with 34 runs scored and 5 steals. His average sits at .234 but maybe this power surge can get him going. He still needs to cut down on his strikeouts however, as that continues to be a problem. The past 3 seasons, Jensen has progressed through low-A Greensboro, High-A Jupiter, and AA Jacksonville and his power numbers are impressive with homer totals of 18, 27, and 24. Over the past 3 seasons his RBI totals have been 86, 76, and 84. And while he did hit over .300 in Jupiter in 2011, his career averages don’t support that so expect him to continue to be an all power guy who can produce runs.