Former Itawamba Community College two-sport star Desmond Jennings played his most recent games in pro baseball at the Triple-A level, but his performance in the Southern League this year was unforgettable.
The Birmingham, Ala., native efforts were recognized this week as Jennings was voted the Southern League Most Valuable Player Award. The honor was voted upon by a committee composed of league managers, radio broadcasters and members of the regional print media.
Jennings, a fifth-best rated Tampa Bay Rays prospect, hit .316 with eight homers, eight triples, 69 runs scored and 45 RBIs with the Montgomery Biscuits. He’s still tied for second in the league with 37 stolen bases as of Aug. 31 despite being called up to Durham on Aug. 1.
Jennings was an consensus first team All-American in football at ICC under head coach Jeff Terrill when he led the nation in receiving in 2005. He then played the 2006 season for Rick Collier’s nationally-ranked Indians baseball program and was drafted in the 10th round by Tampa Bay in that June’s Major League Baseball Draft.
ICC Media Relations