Jenkins shuts down Norfolk in his Triple-A debut

Braves No. 10 prospect wins his first start for Gwinnett after throwing 7 shutout frames

Jenkins shuts down Norfolk in his Triple-A debut

Tyrell Jenkins is pitching on another level this year; just ask him.

"This has been the best season I've had as a professional by far," Jenkins told after Triple-A Gwinnett's 1-0 win over Norfolk on Thursday.

The Braves' No. 10 prospect has flourished for an organization that picked him up from St. Louis in an offseason trade. Jenkins went 5-5 with a 3.00 ERA in 16 starts for Double-A Mississippi and made his Triple-A debut a special one Thursday.

Jenkins scattered seven hits and one walk while striking out six in seven shutout innings against the Tides. The 22-year-old earned his first Triple-A win in his first start for Gwinnett and he's tossed exactly 100 innings this season -- the first time he's reached the century mark as a pro.

"I got 100 innings," he told "It's pretty special. Now, I just want to hit 200."

Thursday's win was no fluke. Jenkins earned it while facing Orioles No. 8 prospect Tyler Wilson, who delivered 5 2/3 innings of six-hit, one-run baseball in a losing effort.

"For me, it didn't really matter much whether I was going to pitch seven scoreless or allow 15 in seven," Jenkins told "I felt today was going to take its course. I just wanted to help my team stay in the game."

Alex M. Smith is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.