SECAUCAS, N.J. -- Seton Hall's Derek Jenkins (Annandale, N.J.) was selected in the 26th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday.
A dangerous offensive catalyst and excellent defensive centerfielder, Jenkins has provided a competent bat and blazing speed to the Pirates' lineup for the last four seasons. After serving as the primary backup to current Minnesota Twins minor leaguer Zack Granite as a freshman, he has flourished for The Hall over the last three seasons.
This year, Jenkins led the nation with 52 stolen bases and was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team for the second time in his career. A starter in center field for 55 games this season, he currently ranks second in the BIG EAST Conference with 70 hits and third with 42 runs scored. Proving his metal as a run producer as well, he ranks sixth in the conference with 35 runs batted in. Jenkins was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on March 28 after strong week, which included a game against Saint Peter's that he went 3-for-4 with six stolen bases. He also had three hits and five stolen bases in a game vs. Monmouth earlier this season.
In 2015, Jenkins led the BIG EAST Conference for a second straight year with 26 stolen bases, and showing his strong bunting ability, tied for the conference lead in sacrifice hits. He committed just three errors in 137 chances and threw out five runners from center field.
As a sophomore, Jenkins batted .324, scored 43 runs and stole 38 bases, the second-most in the nation. A First Team All-BIG EAST selection, he was named to the ABCA All-East Region Second Team and First Team All-NJCBA.
Jenkins graduates from Seton Hall with 121 career stolen bases, which is second-most all-time at Seton Hall.
He is the first Pirate drafted since the 2014 MLB Draft when three Pirates were selected.