Murray: Former Diamondback Kyle Jensen to sign with Japanese club

15 September 2016: Arizona Diamondbacks Outfield Kyle Jensen (29) [7796] rounds the bases as Los Angeles Dodgers Shortstop Corey Seager (5) [9792] looks on during a game between Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase field. (Photo by Kevin French/Icon Sportswire)
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Former Arizona Diamondbacks’ first baseman and outfielder Kyle Jensen will be taking his talents overseas so it appears. According to a source close to the situation, Jensen has a deal in place with a Japanese-based organization.

However, it remains to be seen as to exactly where Jensen will land upon making his way to Japan in order to continue his professional playing career.

The 28-year-old utility man only made one trip to the big league level, which came in 2016 as a member of the Diamondbacks. Over the course of 17 appearances and 31 at bats in all, he batted .194 with two home runs and seven RBI to accompany his .265 on-base percentage.

In Jensen’s defense, however, it is quite difficult to develop a rhythm from within the batter’s box when wavering between a variety of levels.

In addition to his 17 appearances in the desert, he also made 133 appearances for Triple-A Reno last season. In doing so, Jensen batted .289 with 30 home runs and 120 RBI to coincide with his .350 on-base percentage. Although 2016 served as by far his best single-season effort as a professional, Jensen has produced at least 20 home runs in each of the last six seasons of his minor league work.

Last season, the Diamondbacks disappointed in just about every way possible after registering a 69-93 record despite picking up several talented players during the offseason. While now slated to attempt to rebound from the forgettable season come 2017, it appears that Arizona will be forced to do so without Jensen under their control.

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