Aug. 30, 2011
JUPITER, Fla. -- Former Saint Mary's Gaels outfielder Kyle Jensen (2007-09) has been named the Florida State League's Player of the Year for the 2011 season, as announced today by the league while announcing its year-end All-Star Team.
In 108 games playing for the Jupiter Hammerheads before being called up to Double-A Jacksonville, Jensen batted .309 with 22 home runs, 66 RBIs and 53 runs scored. Despite not playing in the league since August 11, Jensen still holds the league's third highest home run total, seventh highest batting average, and owns the FSL's best slugging percentage.
Jensen was a 12th round pick by the Marlins in the 2009 MLB Draft, after he was named to the All-West Coast Conference First Team twice in his career as a Gael. In 2008, he set the SMC single season record for batting average hitting .421, while he also hit 13 home runs that year en route to being named to many All-American lists. He finished his career with 28 home runs which is third all-time at Saint Mary's.
After being drafted in 2009, he picked up a New York-Penn League Player of the Week award, just days before being named to the league's All-Star Team. Last year, he led Class-A Greensboro with 126 hits, 26 doubles, and 86 RBIs.
This season, Jensen notched Jupiter's first hit of the year with a single in the second inning on Opening Day, and then followed with the team's first home run in his next at-bat. It was the start to a season that saw him earn the league's first Player of the Week award and the Marlins' Minor League Player of the Month honor for April.
Jensen was promoted to the Jacksonville Suns, the Double-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins on August 12. Since being promoted to Jacksonville, Jensen has showed no signs of slowing down. In 15 games with the Suns, he is batting .319 with four more home runs.