Jennings MLB arrival is rather convenient too, as the Rays lost their former franchise left fielder following the 2010 season. He's really the best replacement for Carl Crawford the Rays could get with their limited payroll. Like Crawford, Jennings provides the team with a leadoff-type hitter, excellent speed, decent power and above-average defense in the outfield.
The Rays have a lot to be excited about with him, and will need every bit of his offensive contributions as they battle for the pennant this season. Jennings will enter his first full MLB season this year, returning from an impressive 63-game stint with the Rays in 2011.
He put up a .259/.356/.449 line, while collecting 10 homers and 20 stolen bases through his 247 at-bats. After a great first impression, quite a lot is expected out of Jennings in 2011. Skipper Joe Maddon has already decided via TBO.com to put him in the leadoff spot for this season—a task that is very uncommon amongst rookies.
Jennings is clearly the best guy for the job, and there's plenty of reasons to believe he'll get it done in the No. 1 spot. Here's my full season stat projections for Jennings in 2012.