Jensen '15 named top baseball prospect in Division III
Joe Jensen ’15 (West Windsor, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro HS North) of the Hamilton College baseball team has been named the top prospect in Division III by Baseball America magazine. The publication picked its top three prospects with Jensen – a three-year starter in center field for the Continentals – topping the list.
"With a pro body (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) and exceptional speed, Joe has two ideal qualities that scouts look for," explained Hamilton coach Tim Byrnes. "His ability to affect the game both defensively and offensively with his speed is something that sets him apart from his peers, both on the field and as a professional prospect. Joe is a true take-away center fielder with a plus arm for this level. He's able to use his plus speed to beat out infield singles, stretch singles into doubles and steal bases at will."
Jensen received NESCAC all-conference honors last spring, earning second-team recognition after leading the league with 23 stolen bases and a .495 on-base percentage. His .398 batting average ranked third in the NESCAC. As a sophomore he set school records with 137 at-bats, 30 runs scored and 29 stolen bases while helping the Continentals post the program’s winningest season.
Jensen played with the Trenton Generals of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League over the summer, helping the team win the ACBL championship. He was chosen to play in the ACBL all-star game.
In three seasons at Hamilton, Jensen has stolen a school-record 54 bases while batting .311 with an on-base percentage of .372. He’s scored 61 runs in 84 games.
A three-sport standout at Hamilton, he is currently in his third season with the indoor track & field team. Jensen will compete at this weekend's NCAA Championships in the 200- and 400-meter dash (he was the NCAA runner-up in the 400 last year). He holds school records in both events as well as the 60-, 300- and 500-meter dashes, and with the 800- and 1,600-meter relays. Jensen earned NESCAC all-star football honors as a wide receiver in 2012 before concentrating on baseball and track.
The Continental baseball season is scheduled to open on Monday, March 16, with a doubleheader against Mount Saint Vincent in Winter Haven, Fla.