2010-06-25

Chad Jenkins Begins His Rise Up The Ladder

LANSING, Mich. – The Lansing Lugnuts, in conjunction with the Toronto Blue Jays, announced that pitchers Chad Jenkins and Evan Crawford have been promoted to the Dunedin Blue Jays (A-Advanced, Florida State League).  In a corresponding move, pitchers Scott Gracey and Egan Smith have been transferred to Lugnuts from the Auburn Doubledays (Short-A, New York-Penn League).

Jenkins, 22, was selected 20th overall in the 2009 Amateur Draft and was voted to the Midwest League Eastern Division All-Star team.  In 13 starts with Lansing, the right-hander posted a 5-4 record with a 3.63 ERA in 79.1 innings.  He walked only 13 batters while striking out 64.

Crawford, 23, cycled between the Lansing bullpen and the starting rotation, going 3-2 with a 4.01 earned run average in 16 appearances (seven starts).

Gracey and Smith each began their 2010 campaigns with the Lugnuts before they were transferred to Auburn on June 15th.  In a pair of starts for the Doubledays, Smith allowed no earned runs over 11 innings while striking out 11.  Gracey added five scoreless one-hit innings in a pair of relief appearances.

The Lugnuts roster comprises 25 active players and two players on the DL. 

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DELETE:  RHP Chad Jenkins, transferred to Dunedin (A-Advanced, Florida State League)
DELETE:  LHP Evan Crawford, transferred to Dunedin (A-Advanced, Florida State League)
ADD:  RHP Scott Gracey, transferred from Auburn (Short-A, New York-Penn League)
ADD:  LHP Egan Smith, transferred from Auburn (Short-A, New York-Penn League)

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