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Jenkins off to a good start “down under”

Posted on: 12.6.2018 at 01:59 p.m.

It is a long way from Cerro Gordo, NC to Auckland, New Zealand.  The trip is approximately 8,395 miles. If you were to fly southwest from North Carolina, you would gain time, but eventually fly into tomorrow after you cross the International Date Line traveling east to west.

Former West Columbus baseball player Eric Jenkins has made the trip. The Texas Rangers’ second-round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft is currently playing baseball in the Australian Baseball League for the Auckland NZ Tuatara. This is Auckland’s first season in the Australian Baseball League. The tuatara mascot is a lizard-like reptile with a spiny crest along its back.

Jenkins has played in all 11 of the Tuatara’s games thus far. He is carrying a .275 batting average. Jenkins has connected for two doubles, two triples and one home run. He leads the ABL with a perfect six for six in stolen bases. Jenkins’ manager is former North Brunswick High School player Steven Mintz.

Jenkins split time in 2018 between the Texas Rangers’ minor league teams in Hickory, (26 games) batting .291 and with the Down East Wood Ducks (85 games), hitting for a .223 average.



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