The career of free agent pitcher Jason Jennings got off to an auspicious start on one of baseball's biggest stages in New York City. On Aug. 23, 2001, Jennings became the first player in MLB history to toss a complete game shutout and hit a home run in his debut, a 10-0 win for his Colorado Rockies over the defending National League Champion New York Mets. Jennings was highly touted coming out of Baylor University in 1999, and the Rockies made the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year the 16th overall pick in the MLB draft that year. In just two years in the Colorado system, he piled up 380 strikeouts before the Rockies had no choice but to promote him to the big leagues in 2001. After his incredible debut at Shea Stadium, Jennings made seven more starts in 2001, setting up a highly anticipated rookie season in 2002. Jennings lived up to those expectations, claiming the 2002 National League Rookie of the Year award with 16 wins in 32 starts for the Rockies. Jason played six seasons with Colorado, the last of which was the best yet. In 2006, Jason logged a career-high 212 innings for the Rockies and struck out 142 batters while compiling a 3.78 ERA. After the breakout season, Jennings was traded back to his home state of Texas to play for the Houston Astros. Following his only year in Houston, Jennings remained in Texas, signing a contract with the Rangers. He pitched two seasons for Texas and, during his second season there, he completed a transition to the bullpen. After a stint with the Athletics in 2010, Jennings signed with the Grand Prairie AirHogs in 2011, ultimately picking up the series-winning victory for the team as they clinched their first American Association Championship.



Born: July 17, 1978 | Height: 6’2” | Weight: 235lb. | Bats: Left | Throws: Right | College: Baylor | Team: Free Agent  


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