October 2023 Update (End of Season)
The Twins selected high schooler Walker Jenkins fifth overall in the June draft and were immediately rewarded for their decision. The heralded outfield talent proved to be all that was advertised, with his stellar approach and crisp LH swing producing monster results in Jenkins' first turn as a pro. Between rookie-ball and Low-A, the 18-year-old Jenkins slashed .362/.417/.571 (.988) with an incredible 14-to-9 K/BB ratio in 115 plate appearances. He might show up in the Top 10 of some global prospect lists next spring.
July 2023 Update
The Twins selected Walker Jenkins fifth overall in the 2023 MLB Draft. He was the last remaining of the vaunted "big five" in this class -- a prototypical right field slugger, but a high schooler with plenty of development left ahead. Not unlike Alex Kirilloff, Jenkins is renowned for his smooth lefty swing that's geared for power. The 18-year-old, already standing 6'2" and nearly 200 lbs., also receives high marks for makeup and baseball IQ. He'll look to make his pro debut after signing.
Jenkins is one of two premier prep prospects in the '23 class. At 6'3, 210, he's projectable and his athleticism is a clear separator. Jenkins has a quiet operation at the plate with excellent bat speed that gives him easy power to all fields. Jenkins is a good runner and route runner in the field with a plus arm. His speed may diminish over time, moving him to a corner spot eventually. Committed to North Carolina, Jenkins should be a top 5 pick in July and has the best hit/power combo of any prep bat and 30 home run potential at the next level.