BSB | Former Gael Jensen Invited To Giants' Spring Training
Former Saint Mary's baseball player Kyle Jensen has been invited to participate in the San Francisco Giants' Major League Spring Training camp
SAN FRANCISCO - Another former Saint Mary's baseball player will be seen roaming the fields in Arizona this spring, as former Gael Kyle Jensen was announced Thursday as a non-roster invitee to the San Francisco Giants' Major League Spring Training.
Jensen, who last played for Saint Mary's in 2009, is one of five infielders invited by the Giants, and one of 16 non-roster prospects overall to be extended an invite. Jensen will join former Gael Corbin Burnes in the Cactus League, who will be at the Milwaukee Brewers' Major League Spring Training camp in Phoenix.
The Giants' Major League Spring Training Camp will be held in Scottsdale, Ariz., at Scottsdale Stadium. Pitchers report on Feb. 13 and position players - including Jensen - will report on Feb. 18, with the first full team workout being held on Feb. 19. The Giants' first spring training Cactus League game will be played on Feb. 23, facing a split squad of Burnes' Brewers club.
Jensen got his first taste of the Major Leagues in 2016, playing in 17 games as a September call-up for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He hit two home runs, one triple and drove in seven runs while slugging .452 for the D'Backs that month. He would then spend the 2017 season in Japan playing for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, appearing in six games and hitting a home run.
His 2016 MLB debut followed a dominating season at the Triple-A level, where he was named a Pacific Coast League all-star with 30 home runs, 34 doubles, 120 RBIs and 77 runs scored. His RBI total that season was tied for the most in professional baseball, and his 30 home runs led all Triple-A players. His RBIs mark was an Arizona Triple-A single-season record, and his home runs total tied the Arizona Triple-A benchmark. He was an all-PCL selection that season while finishing runner-up in the league's Most Valuable Player voting. He was also runner-up in the 2016 Triple-A All-Star Game's Home Run Derby.
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