Henderson's Jenkins to sign with Cardinals

By Coleman Swierc - bio | email

HENDERSON, TEXAS (KLTV) - It is sure to be a whirlwind week for Tyrell Jenkins.

The former Henderson Lion pitcher was a 1st round supplemental draft pick in the most recent MLB draft, and will soon be headed to the minor leagues.

"When I was first drafted, it was overwhelming," said Jenkins, "But now that I have made my decision, I am ready to go and get on the field."

At his house in Henderson, Tyrell and friends met for one last time, to celebrate the 18 year old's accomplishments.

Jenkins will be headed to St. Louis later this week to sign a professional contract with the Cardinals.

Jenkins will forego a chance to play football at Baylor, for a shot to play pro ball.

"I know that I will miss out on college, but me and my mom talked it over, and financially it was right, and this is the best choice for me."

Within the next week, Jenkins will report to the Cardinals single A club in Johnson City, Tennessee.

"I wake up and think baseball, then go to bed and dream baseball, I am just ready to get started," said Jenkins, "I just want to jump right in and show them what I have, a small town kid, and show them that kids from Texas can play."

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