Two ways: Jeans was a starter in college, a reliever in his first professional year — and could be called on to fill either role as he advances through the White Sox system. (@SunBelt)
Left-handed relief pitcher
SSHP rank among all right-handed relief pitchers in the system: 8
Top Prospect ranking a year ago: N/R
Jeans was a well-traveled collegian, as he attended the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Seminole State College and the University of Louisiana-Monroe. He posted his best season with Louisiana-Monroe in 2019 as a senior, compiling a 3.76 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 15 starts. In his 79 innings for the Warhawks, Jeans surrendered 61 hits (.213 OBA) and 37 walks (11.0%) while striking out 69 (20.5%). As a result of his efforts, Jeans was selected in the 33rd round of this year’s draft.
Jeans sailed through the AZL season in 18 relief outings, and pitched his final three games of 2019 for Great Falls. In a total of 27 ⅔ combined innings, he allowed 28 hits (.252 OBA) and just five walks (4.2%) while fanning an eye-popping 43 (36.4%). Righties (.253) and lefties (.250) hit Jeans at about the same rate this year.
Jeans offers a three-pitch repertoire including a fastball, curveball (his plus pitch) and changeup. Although he only pitched three games at Great Falls, Jeans is also likely to begin the 2020 season with Kannapolis due to his age. It’s unclear, however, if he’ll be a starter or reliever at the next level. Based on his results this year, it seems that Jeans may be better suited out of the pen.