JESSE WINKER
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Nickname:   Bird Position:   OF
Home: N/A Team:   REDS
Height: 6' 3" Bats:   L
Weight: 215 Throws:   L
DOB: 8/17/1993 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 33  
Birth City: Buffalo, NY
Draft: Reds #1 (comp) - 2012 - Out of high school (FL)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2012 PIO BILLINGS   62 228 42 77 16 3 5 35 1 3 40 50 .443 .500 .338
2013 MWL DAYTON   112 417 73 117 18 5 16 76 6 2 63 75 .379 .463 .281
2014 SL PENSACOLA   21 77 15 16 5 0 2 8 0 0 14 22 .326 .351 .208
2014 CAL BAKERSFIELD   53 205 42 65 15 0 13 49 5 1 40 46 .426 .580 .317
2015 SL PENSACOLA   123 443 69 125 24 2 13 55 8 4 74 83 .390 .433 .282
2016 AZL AZL-Reds   4 13 6 6 0 0 2 6 0 0 2 4 .533 .923 .462
2016 IL LOUISVILLE   106 380 39 115 22 0 3 45 0 0 59 59 .397 .384 .303
2017 IL LOUISVILLE   85 299 33 94 22 0 2 41 2 4 38 46 .395 .408 .314
2017 NL REDS   47 121 21 36 7 0 7 15 1 1 15 24 .375 .529 .298
2018 NL REDS $545.00 89 281 38 84 16 0 7 43 0 0 49 46 .405 .431 .299
2019 NL REDS $580.00 113 338 51 91 17 2 16 38 0 2 38 60 .357 .473 .269
2020 NL REDS $224.00 54 149 27 38 7 0 12 23 1 0 28 46 .388 .544 .255
2021 NL REDS   110 423 77 129 32 11 24 71 1 0 53 75 .394 .556 .305
Personal
  • As a teenager, Jesse worked out with ex-big leaguer David Eckstein and his brother Rick, in Orlando, Florida.

  • During the summer of 2011, Jesse played for USA Baseball's 18-and-under team, tossing a shutout against Aruba.

  • In 2012, Winker graduated from Olympia High School in Orlando. He committed to a baseball scholarship to the University of Florida. But then he got drafted by the Reds (see Transactions below).

  • It has been Jesse's dream to play in the Majors since he was in grade school. It helped that his family moved from Buffalo when he was 8, to Orlando, where baseball is in season year-around.

  • His father Joe, runs a baseball training center in Orlando founded by former Major Leaguer Dante Bichette. "Every day when I was younger, it would be me and him going to the field or hitting in the cage in our backyard,” Jesse said. “I was lucky to have parents that were willing to sacrifice for travel ball . . . I’m very appreciative.”

  • Jesse's older brother, Joe was the first to sign professionally, doing so with the Dodgers.

  • The Winkers added to a "run" for the baseball program at Olympia High, the Orlando school that also produced Mariners shortstop Brad Miller, Yankees outfield prospect Mason Williams, and Padres righthander Walker Wieckel. Winker pitched and played center field for Olympia as it won 29 straight in his senior season of 2012.

  • In 2012, Winker led the Pioneer League with a .443 on-base percentage.

  • In 2013, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Winker as the 6th-best prospect in the Reds' organization. They rated Winker as the 4th-best prospect in the Reds' organization in 2014.

    In the winter before 2015 spring training, they had Jesse as the third-best prospect in the Reds' system. And he was at #5 in the offseason before 2016 spring camps opened.

    In 2017, they had him at #6 in the spring of 2017. Jesse was back at 5th-best Reds' organization prospect in 2018.

  •  Wrist  injuries have sabotaged his 2015-16 seasons, leading to an evaporation of his power production and questions about his ability to profile in left field. Winker broke his wrist in 2015 diving for a ball in the outfield and missed time in 2016 with a sprained wrist.

  • Jesse has good makeup and work ethic. He is more of a "baseball player" than he is an "athlete." He works hard and has a good approach to the game. He wants to make the most of his tools (that are pretty decent) and learn how to get better.

  • His mom and dad spent Winker's younger years driving him across the country for tournaments. When they weren't traveling, Winker would take batting practice from his dad in the family's backyard cage.

    That's where the foundation of Winker's effortless swing was laid, and that work has paid off everywhere he's been. At Olympia High School in Orlando, he batted .488 with 19 extra-base hits during his senior season and fell just short of leading the team to a state title.

    "It's always something I've taken a lot of pride in, is hitting," Winker said. "I just work really hard at it. I don't think anyone has the perfect swing; everyone has something to work on in all aspects of his game. I just try to put a good swing on the ball, and I'm glad people like it."

    "It takes a lot of time and focus for a young hitter to learn not only the strike zone, but his own strike zone—what he can do damage with and which pitches he's better off taking," Reds director of player development Jeff Graupe said. "For such a young guy, Winker has had an advanced approach that's been impressive to see."

    Like any 19-year-old, Winker is still maturing—not just as baseball player, but as a person. Dayton Dragons manager Jose Nieves said his most important job when working with Winker and other young players is to keep them in a positive mental state. Sometimes, a tough night at the plate or in the field can get Winker down, and Nieves has to emphasize that even the greats fail most of the time and that perfection is not the end goal.

    "It's natural," Nieves said. "You're going to have ups and downs. He's been having some times when we need to be on him, but this game is pretty much 80 percent mental and the rest physical. When those times of failure come, the most important thing is how you react after those bad days and how you come back."

    To deal with struggles and anything else he might need to discuss, Winker often goes to his older brother, Joe, who was drafted out of Mercer University by the Dodgers in 2011. Although Joe retired from baseball early in 2013, his experiences and advice have made life easier on his younger brother.

    One thing Winker hasn't been afraid to do is seek guidance from those who have been there before. When Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto and outfielders Chris Heisey and Ryan Ludwick were on rehab assignments with Dayton in 2013, Winker took the opportunity to pick their brains about how to attack pitches and play in the field. In Spring Training, he talked to Jay Bruce, whom Winker has been compared to often because of their swings and fresh-face appearances at 19 years old.

    "Sometimes I would just sit there and watch and learn," Winker said. "It was really cool to hear their perspective on hitting, and hopefully one day I can be up there with them."

     Winker loves every single second he spends in this game. Having never pictured himself doing anything other than playing baseball, he's embraced everything that comes along with it—all the way down to the travel accommodations.

    "I love it," Winker said. "I love hopping on the bus and traveling with the team. It's a blast. I don't think about it anymore as, 'Man, a seven-hour bus ride.' You kind of appreciate it, take the downtime when you can and just get your mind right. (J Warnemuende - mlb.com - 8/06/13)

  • February 7, 2014: Outside of Orlando, Florida, where his parents, Joe and Karen, run a hitting warehouse, Winker first developed his lefthanded swing.

    "There's never a day where you can't get better at something," Winker said. "All offseason, I've been working with my dad. We've gone back to basics on how we used to hit back in the cage. We've been talking hitting, watching some video, breaking stuff down together. There a couple of things I want to work on with my load, but besides that, it's really about keeping everything simple and having fun. I don't like to think too much. I just like to get up there and hit."

    Winker's hitting numbers through two seasons in the lower rungs of the Minor Leagues indicate he's doing a whole lot of things the right way already. "It was a great year in Dayton," Winker said. "It started with the fans. It was fun to be a part of a very electric atmosphere. I'm ready to get this year going and carry it over. Hitting-wise, I had a good approach and a good mindset. I stuck with it all year. Even if I was in a slump, I'd just go back to basics with it."

    "He's really taken to studying the game and trying to perfect his craft," Reds player development director Jeff Graupe said.

    To expedite his progress, Winker needs to keep learning and growing at the plate. Graupe said. "He's done a good job of that for such a young guy. I think consistently dialing in and seeing the way the great hitters take that next step by grinding out every pitch, every at-bat. I think that's where Jesse is headed."

    Winker is easygoing and mature for his age, clearly comfortable on the stages of last month's Reds Caravan, in which he was one of the participants. "I was hearing a lot of support," Winker said. "A lot of people were checking in about my [ankle] injury and stuff like that."

    "He's professional from day one," Graupe said. "He's very task oriented, knows what he wants to do and how he's going to get there. I think he's well on his way." (Sheldon – MLB.com - 2/07/14)

  • Winker won the home run derby at the California-Carolina League all-star game. He slammed 13 home runs and slugged .580 in the Cal League before being promoted to Pensacola (SL).

  • Jesse loves to play baseball and he loves being around the game. He is always smiling and usually laughing. On and off the field, he's a great guy and really good teammate.

    And he enjoys engaging the fans, be they friend or fore, feeding off the latter's energy.

    Tigers outfielder Cameron Maybin told Winker that "he's the swaggiest white boy he's ever seen play."

    Jesse was smiling ear-to-ear after that. He says his confidence is simply natural.

    "Since I was a kid, I've always believed in what I do, and that just comes with preparation," Winker said. "That's what you can bring to the table every day. You have to have confidence. If you think that the guy on the mound or the guy in the box is better than you, then you're done to start (with)."

    Jesse seems to have an unwavering inner belief that he has what it takes to win each time he's in the batter's box.

  • In 2015, Winker was the Reds' Position Player Prospect of the Year, named by MLB Pipeline. 

  • As predictable as the dugout silent treatment has become after a first big league home run, Jesse had an unpredictable response after his. Seeming to anticipate his teammates' reaction, Winker just had his own celebration.

    Winker slugged an 0-1 Jameson Taillon curveball to center field for a 421-foot solo homer in the fourth inning. Ignored in the dugout, Winker mimed some high-fives and fist bumps before doing an air chest-bump.

    "I kind of just came in and went for it. It was a really cool moment, and it was fun to be part of a win, too," Winker said.  (Sheldon-mlb.com-8/1/17)

  • 2018 season: Winker had a great season despite having his season cut in half by injury. After a slow start, he found his stroke and some power.

    Overall, Winker batted .299/.405/.431 in 89 games but was slashing .362/.465/.554 in June and July before his year was halted by right shoulder surgery in his non-throwing arm to repair an injury that nagged him even in the Minors. 

  • Jesse is a regular visitor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

    "Obviously it's one of the best children's hospitals in the the world, and it's right here in Cincinnati, so it holds a special place in my heart. Anything I can do to come here and put a smile on a kid's face, it's what being a baseball player is all about."

    Children's Hospital wasn't Winker's only stop. He also helped with baseball and softball clinics at the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy.

    "I appreciate that Jesse reached out to us after the season to let us know that he'd be in town more this off-season and that he was eager to spend some time with our student-athletes," said Charley Frank, executive director of the Reds Community Fund. "He interacts easily with the kids, coaches and staff and lends credibility to our efforts." (Sept., 2020 - Reds Report)

  • With the shortened 2020 season being the fourth season of his career, Winker was a bright spot in a lineup built with sluggers who might scare opposing pitchers. Having been surrounded in the order by Mike Moustakas, Nick Castellanos, and Eugenio Suarez, Winker went from a role player to the top of the order.

    The most notable stat that stands out for Winker was his OPS, ending at a career-high .932. Only his rookie season back in 2017 came close with .902. While both of these seasons averaged roughly 50 games, Winker had an overall greater season across the board. With a slight dip in batting average to .255, it was made up for with a more than respectable .544 slugging percentage.

    The stud left fielder also was close to shattering his home run and RBI records in less than half of the total games he played in 2019. For reference, only one of the four players ranked above him, Marcell Ozuna, had a higher OPS than Winker (1.067) and Winker also had better overall stats than top-ranked left fielder Christian Yelich in less plate appearances.

    Jesse was a pleasant surprise defensively for the Reds in 2020. Winker was also a consistent force in the field as well. In 94.2 innings over 16 total games he played, Winker had a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 with 20 putouts to the 20 total chances he had.

    Winker has always held his own in the field, and has proven valuable to shift around when others are injured. (Brad Griffith - Jan. 20, 2021)

  • July 2021: Winker was chosen to start in the MLB All-Star Game. He will be in the NL’s starting lineup for the first All-Star Game of his career. 

    “For my first time to go to this event, him being there means a lot as well,” Winker said. “You know, everybody in that clubhouse, this would not be able to happen for me without them.

  • July 12, 2021: Throughout their breakout All-Star seasons for the Reds this year, right fielder Nick Castellanos and left fielder Jesse Winker have independently tapped into a resource previously missing from their games earlier in their careers.

    It's raw emotion, and they've been more than ready to let it show. Both players have long had the talent to become All-Stars, but this is the year they put it altogether on and off the field partly because they have come into their own as people and players.

    "I guess my emotions come out because I care a lot," Castellanos said. "If you care a lot about something, you're usually going to do it better than if you don't care that much."

    Castellanos and Winker have been at or near the top of the National League in several hitting categories much of this season. The NL's leader in batting, 29-year-old Castellanos is slashing .331/.384/.585 with 18 home runs, 29 doubles and 59 RBIs.

    Winker endured his toughest stretch so far just before going into the All-Star break, but he is slashing .301/.382/.539 with 19 homers and 50 RBIs.

    Their success was noticed by the fans, who elected them as starters for the NL team. It's the first time since 2013 that the Reds have had two starters in the Midsummer Classic. And it's the first time they've sent two starting outfielders since 1956 (Gus Bell and rookie Frank Robinson).

    "Early on when I first got called up to the big leagues, I feel like I was just trying to find my way a little bit and fit in, not rub anybody the wrong way, play hard and just try to get focused," Winker said. "I tried to adjust to the level. As time passes, you start learning about yourself and learning about the guys you're playing against and everything. You start believing in yourself more. That authenticity just came out. This year, I didn't try to mask it or hide. I just tried to let it go."

    Winker called that feeling "100 percent" refreshing.

    "I'm lucky that I have a great group of people here that allow me to just go be myself," he said. "I try to take it one day at a time and stay in the moment. Sometimes, it's a fist pump and a yell. Sometimes, it's a helmet slam. That's the whole package. I've tried to dial down the frustration part, but sometimes it comes out."

    Drafted 49th overall by the Reds in 2012, Winker already has set his career highs in homers and RBIs this season. On May 21 at Cincinnati and again on June 6 at St. Louis, he delivered three-homer games—the first Reds player to achieve the feat twice in one season.

    Both Winker and Castellanos often hear chants of "MVP!" from fans at Great American Ball Park. Winker often interacts with fans in the left-field section of seats and might offer a fist bump to one if he's near the wall after a play. When talking about his success at times this season, Winker has occasionally been emotional to the point where tears begin to flow. He's not afraid to show he's human off the field, either. Part of that, Winker believes, is that he became a first-time father during the COVID shutdown. Wren Mila Winker was born on May 27, 2020. 

    "Mike Moustakas told me that when you become a girl dad, you're softer. Ever since I had my daughter, it's just come out—raw emotion," Winker said. "Everything that's happened the last couple of months, I've tried to stop and enjoy it, because being a kid and being somebody who loves baseball and grew up in baseball, it's kind of been full circle in a way. A lot of appreciation. I'm very thankful for everything. It comes out with tears because part of me doesn't believe it still.

    "Part of me doesn't believe I've hit three home runs in a game and part of me can't believe it's happened twice. I try not to think about it, but I will reflect on it at the end of the year. I try to get lost in helping the team win games."

    Castellanos believed it was important for players to show that they aren't robots on the field.

    "I'm definitely not afraid tell people how I feel, almost to a fault, because it gets me into trouble sometimes," Castellanos said. "You protect the investments, don't truck the catchers and slide right into the base and all of these things. Catch a ball like this, swing like this, spin rate like this. Then instead of it becoming a child's game being played to win, it becomes a showcase where you have players wanting to play to make the most money possible." .

    "My whole family is going to the All-Star game. I know they know that none of this is possible without them, the same with my coaches and teammates," Winker said. "I'm really going to enjoy it. These are the best players in the game. Just to be around them and listen to them and talk to them and get to share a clubhouse with them is cool." (M Sheldon - MLB.com - July 12, 2021)

  • 2021 Season: Winker, 28, batted .305/.394/.556 and set career high marks with 24 home runs, 32 doubles, 77 runs and 71 RBIs. Because of his injury, he was limited to 110 games . . . and only one after Aug. 15. Cincinnati struggled without Winker down the stretch, going 18-24. And they faded out of the second NL Wild Card spot.

    TRANSACTIONS

  • June 2012: Winker was the Reds first round compensation pick, out of Olympia High School in Orlando, FL. He signed with the Reds, via scout Greg Zunino, for a $1 million bonus.
  • Jan 15, 2021: Jesse and the Reds avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal for $3.1 million.
Batting
  • Winker has a sweet lefthanded swing and an advanced idea at the plate, with a terrific approach from the left side. He can hit the ball hard to all fields, with power to the pull side now with more to come (hopefully). He has good balance and loft in his simple swing. And he keeps his bat in the zone for a long time.

    Jesse has one of the best swings you will ever see—a pretty lefthanded stroke with natural rhythm, balance, ease and fluidity. It is both quick and compact and requires minimal effort. He is one of the best pure hitters in the minors in 2015. He has as advanced approach at the plate as many veteran hitters. He has a very simple toe-tap mechanism, quick hands and a quiet setup.

    His power was at one time rated at 65. He does a fine job of incorporating his legs in his swing, but his load is small, trusting his hands and bat speed to provide his power. And he has that kind of power in batting practice. But it has not shown up in games, yet. So scouts have down-graded him to 50 power.

  • Jesse is the type of pure lefthanded hitter easy to project as a run-producer in the future. He is physical and has strength that allows him to drive the ball to all fields. More of a line-drive hitter right now, he has loft in his swing that eventually should produce 10 or 15 homers a year when he matures as a hitter.

  • Winker is an intelligent and very disciplined hitter. He has a good feel for the barrel. And he is not afraid to hit with two strikes, working the pitcher deep into counts. But he does need to cut down his high strikeout numbers.

  • Jesse could become a #3 hitter in a big league lineup.
  • You don't see Winker giving a lot of at-bats away. He has excellent pitch recognition and can work counts and draw walks or pepper line drives all over the yard.

    Jesse understands the strike zone very well, knows how to draw a walk and understands how to look for a certain pitch in a certain zone when he gets into a hitter’s count. He controls the strike zone so that he always has a high on-base-pct.

  • His swing is simple and geared for hitting for average. Winker has plus raw power, something that’s apparent whenever he enters a home run derby, but when the games count, his swing is geared for line-drive doubles to the alleys.

    He projects as an above-average hitter with average power, but if he wanted to change his approach, he could boost his home run numbers at the expense of his average and on-base percentage.

    "I like to pick out a pitch, based on the pitcher, the count, the inning, where you're playing, whether the wind's blowing out," Winker said. "But I try to keep it simple and just put the ball in play hard.

    "If there's a guy on second and third and there's less than two outs, I'm going to try and drive them in, but I'm not going to give up the at-bat. RBI opportunities are few and far between. But you don't want to swing at a ball in the dirt or give up an at-bat." (May, 2016)

  • He’s toned down what was once a picturesque, one-handed, high finish.to a more conventional two-handed finish. Winker has nice loft to his swing, though some scouts worry that it’s a bit long.

    More of his home-run power goes to his pull side—and he could get pull-conscious at times—but he has enough pop to take balls out the other way.

  • June 18, 2013: Jesse Winker of the Dayton Dragons bumped fists with former Reds great George Foster, then went out to win the Home Run Derby contest prior to the Midwest League All-Star Game at Dayton's Fifth-Third Field. With six home runs in the first round and four more in the second, Winker put himself in good company with another top hitter. Twins' star Justin Morneau won the 2001 Home Run Derby at Fifth-Third Field.

  • Since the Reds selected Winker with the 49th pick of the 2012 draft, his swing has been praised by most everyone who's had the pleasure of seeing it in action. Dayton manager Jose Nieves believes the young Reds prospect has a bright future.

    "You'll see it in clutch situations," Nieves said. "I think that is the thermometer that separates one kid that hits a lot with nobody on when there is no pressure from someone who is capable of doing good things when there is a key situation, clutch situations, situations with pressure. That's where he's been at his best."

  • Jesse will have to improve his production versus southpaws to be considered for an everyday role, but at worst he’ll get a look as a platoon outfielder.
  • 2014 Arizona Fall League: Winker (Reds) won the Eye Promise Vizual EDGE PRO batting-title award, hitting .338 and finishing second in the AFL in on-base percentage (.440) and slugging (.559).

  • Winker squares the ball up so consistently, you can tell he's going to be a special hitter. The key is Winker's command of the strike zone and his ability to recognize his pitch to hit.

  • Following is a list of 2018 leaders in Strikeout-to-Walk ratio: Jose Ramirez, Carlos Santana, Alex Bregman, Joey Votto, Jesse Winker and Mike Trout. Winker was one of just five hitters with more walks than strikeouts. And when a hitter can do the while displaying legitimate power, you have a guy with tons of upside. Winker knows everything there is to know about the strike zone. From that foundation, outstanding careers can be constructed.

  • May 21, 2021: Winker is the 31st different player in Cincinnati history to homer three or more times in game.
  • As of the start of the 2021 season, Jesse's career batting average is .280, with 42 home runs and 119 RBI in 889 at-bats.
Fielding
  • Jesse might be limited to left field or first base down the road. He probably does not have enough arm for the right field outfield spot, but should hit enough for left field.

  • Winker gets good reads and angles on balls. To make up for his lack of natural top-end speed, he's had to learn how to use angles and pick up the ball as quickly as possible off the bat.

    And Jesse does get a good jump, running balls down. He is steady, if only average in his range. And that is because of below-average speed, which totals up to a 40 grade defender, becoming a 45, perhaps. (Spring, 2017)

  • Jesse wasn't trying to convert from being an outfielder to the rare lefthanded shortstop prior to Spring Training 2017.  The goal of Barry Larkin's drills was to make Winker a better left fielder by hitting him grounders to the shortstop position. "I actually come up and throw it and do my footwork like I was in the outfield. It was like I was in left field, but at shortstop," Winker explained.

    With Winker standing at shortstop, Larkin would hit him grounder after grounder. Playing on the dirt made the ball take different hops, with different spins, and come at him faster than it would on the outfield grass. Winker would move to his left or right, or charge in, and then throw to the bases—while working to improve his footwork.

    "He wouldn't let me take one off," Winker said of Larkin. "If I messed up, I'd have to do pushups. If I didn't do it right with the footwork, everyone was doing pushups. It was cool to be that intense during the offseason."  

    "I've always believed in myself as a defender," Winker said. "I've worked really hard at it, because as a player, when something's said about you that you don't agree with, you want to prove to everyone that, hey, I can do this as well."  

    Larkin had Winker and his campers lift weights in the morning, followed by agility drills, and then hit the field after that. (Sheldon - mlb.com - 3/9/17)

  • Winker can play all three outfield positions. (2021)
Running
  • Jesse does not run fast. But he has just below-average speed—a 45 on the 20-80 scale.
Career Injury Report
  • August 18, 2013: Winker was on the D.L.

  • April 26-May 7, 2014: Jesse was on the D.L. with a concussion, after running into an outfield wall in Modesto.

  • July 22, 2014:  Winker was expected to miss two to four weeks after partially tearing a tendon in his right wrist.  (But Jesse was out the rest of the season, until the Arizona Fall League, where he bounced back and led the league with a .338 batting average.) Winker did not require surgery, but the wrist was immobilized.

    Earlier in July 11, Jesse was in an auto accident, injuring the wrist. He tried to play through it before going on the D.L. He even went to the Futures Game, and went 1-for-2.

    "I went (to the Futures Game) and my whole body was sore,” Winker said. “My knee was sore, my shoulder was sore—and so was my hand. But I just played because I figured that’s what happens in a car accident, your body is just banged up.

    "I went (to the Futures Game) and my whole body was sore,” Winker said. “My knee was sore, my shoulder was sore, and so was my hand. But I just played because I figured that’s what happens in a car accident, your body is just banged up."

  • 2015: Jesse broke his wrist diving for a ball in the outfield.
  • March 11, 2016: Jesse was scratched from being the designated hitter in an exhibition game because of a strained left hip flexor. Winker was playing right field  when he collided with center fielder Jake Cave to catch a fly ball.

  • "It was hit between us. It was a good drive, and we both had a bead on it," Winker said. "It was just one of those baseball plays that happened. I called it a little late, and we ran into each other."

    "My hip is banged up a little bit," Winker said. "We're just going to take it day by day, and I will get back out there as soon as I can." He was fine for opening day.

  • June 18-July 14, 2016: Winker was on the D.L. with a sprained right wrist.

  • Aug 25-Sept 12, 2017: Jesse was on the DL with left hip flexor strain. 

  • July 24, 2018: Winker went on the DL with right shoulder subluxation.

    July 26-Nov 2, 2018: Winker learned he would need season-ending surgery to repair his partial shoulder dislocation.

  • Aug 22-Sept 30, 2019: Winker was on the IL with upper back tightness. Reds outfielder Jesse Winker with a cervical strain and has been limited to one pinch-hit at-bat since Aug. 14, doesn’t appear close to a return. Winker has been rehabbing his back and has taken swings.

    “We’re trying to decide how to make the next week the most productive,” Bell said. “If he’s ready to play in a week, does he go on the road trip? It’s, ‘How can we make the most of these seven days?’ I’d be surprised if we see him back in the next seven days, but it could be right after that, if all goes well.

  • Aug 16-Sept 17, 2021: Jesse was on the IL with an intercostal strain.
    Sept 18-Oct 5, 2021: After just one game, Jesse was back on the IL with the intercostal strain
    .