Jeren Kendall
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Kendall with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2019
Los Angeles Dodgers
Outfielder
Born: (1996-02-04) February 4, 1996 (age 26)
Clearwater, Florida
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

Jeren Alan Kendall (born February 4, 1996) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He played college baseball for the Vanderbilt Commodores and was selected by the Dodgers in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft.

Career

Amateur

Kendall attended Holmen High School in Holmen, Wisconsin.[1] As a junior in 2013 he was the La Crosse Tribune Baseball Player of the Year after hitting .377 with four home runs and 15 runs batted in (RBI).[2] As a senior, he was the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for Wisconsin. Kendall was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 30th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign and attended Vanderbilt University to play college baseball for the Commodores.

Kendall played in 60 games as a freshman at Vanderbilt in 2015, hitting .281/.394/.530 with eight home runs and 40 RBI. During the College World Series, he hit a walk-off home run to give Vanderbilt a 4–3 win over Cal State Fullerton.[3][4][5] As a sophomore, he played in 62 games, hitting .332/.396/.568 with nine home runs, 59 RBI and 28 stolen bases.[6] In 2015 and 2016, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[7][8]

Minor leagues

Kendall was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.[9] and signed with them on July 7, 2017, for a $2.9 million bonus.[10] He made his professional debut with the Ogden Raptors of the rookie-class Pioneer Baseball League on July 19, and had three hits in three at-bats with two RBIs in Ogden's victory over the Helena Brewers.[11] He played in only five games with Ogden, with 10 hits in 22 at-bats (.455 average)[12] and he was promoted to the Class-A Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League in late July.[13] With the Loons, he hit .221 in 35 games the rest of the season.[12] He was promoted to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the Advanced Class A California League for the 2018 season,[14] where he played in 114 games and hit .215 with 12 home runs, 42 RBIs, and 37 steals.[12]

Kendall spent 2019 back with Rancho Cucamonga.[15] Over 96 games, he slashed .219/.319/.469 with 19 home runs, 63 RBIs, and 24 stolen bases.[16] The minor league season was cancelled in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic so he did not play again until 2021, when he was assigned to the Tulsa Drillers of Double-A Central where he played in 57 games and hit .209 with 10 homers and 35 RBI.[12]

Personal

His father, Jeremey Kendall, played Minor League Baseball in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.[17]

References

  1. ^ todd.sommerfeldt@lee.net, TODD SOMMERFELDT. "MLB draft stock of Holmen senior, Vandy recruit Kendall rising".
  2. ^ tsommerfeldt@lacrossetribune.com, TODD SOMMERFELDT /. "2013 Tribune baseball player of the year: Holmen's Kendall proves to be a dangerous foe".
  3. ^ "Freshman Jeren Kendall delivers for the cardiac Commodores". ESPN.com. June 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Sparks, Adam. "Kendall's walk-off homer halted dad's work meeting". The Tennessean.
  5. ^ john.casper@lee.net, JOHN CASPER JR. "John Casper Jr.: College World Series home run cheered loudly in Winona".
  6. ^ "Kendall speaks from experience about postseason success – Nashville Post". Nashville Post.
  7. ^ "#3 Jeren Kendall - Profile". pointstreak.com. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  8. ^ "Jeren Kendall". pointstreak.com. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  9. ^ "Dodgers select Vandy OF with No. 23 pick". MLB.com.
  10. ^ Stephen, Eric (July 7, 2017). "Dodgers sign top 3 MLB draft picks on final day". SB Nation. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  11. ^ Heneghan, Kelsie (July 19, 2017). "Kendall has perfect pro debut with Raptors". milb.com. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  12. ^ a b c d "Jeren Kendall Minor League Statistics". Baseball Reference.
  13. ^ Seder, Alex (July 29, 2017). "Baseball: Holmen's Jeren Kendall makes climb up Dodgers' ladder". LaCrosse Tribune. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  14. ^ Lindskog, Mike (April 2, 2018). "2018 Roster Announced". milb.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  15. ^ "Jeren Kendall gets key hit in Quakes win". True Blue LA. April 6, 2019.
  16. ^ World, Barry Lewis Tulsa. "Drillers look to return many key players despite losing pair in Mookie Betts deal". Tulsa World.
  17. ^ Deckelbaum, Kyle (June 2, 2014). "MLB prospect Jeren Kendall, father Jeremey sit down with News 8".