The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Minor League players have been nothing short of impressive thus far in Spring Training. In Wednesday’s Cactus League opener against the Chicago White Sox, first baseman O’Koyea Dickson hit the first home run of the spring for the Dodgers.
In Thursday’s game, which was a rematch between the two clubs, first baseman/outfielder Kyle Jensen launched an opposite field, two-run home run on a full count in the eighth inning to extend the Dodgers lead over the White Sox in what finished as a 6-1 win.
Following the win, Jensen matter-of-factly broke down the at-bat. “I got deep in the count, it was 3-2 and I got a pitch that I could hit. And I put a good swing on it.” The 26 year old was acquired in November from the Miami Marlins and was designated for assignment in December. He hit .260 in Triple-A last year, showing impressive power with 27 home runs and 92 RBIs.
Jensen was a 12th-round draft pick of the Marlins in 2009, and while it is likely that he will begin the year in Triple-A, he could see time in the Majors as a September call up.
It is no surprise that he has a ton of power considering his 6’3, 250-pound frame. Courtesy of MLB.com, is Jansen’s home run: