Monday, March 2, 2009

Top prospect De Jesus likely done for year

This is not the way young Ivan De Jesus was looking to make an impact this year.

Playing in a "B" Spring Training game, which is basically just for pitchers to stay on schedule, De Jesus broke his left lower tibia sliding into home plate. The result is an injury that will most likely keep him out the entire season. Ouch.

While most Dodger fans may not know much about him, he's put up some impressive numbers in the Minors. At Double-A Jacksonville last season, he hit a .324 AVG, .419 OBP, 150 H, 91 R, 16 SB in 128 games. Pretty darn good. He also played in the Futures Game.

I guess the good part about all of this is that he's only 21, and it's not like he was a factor in LA this season anyway. The Dodgers resigned Rafael Furcal to play SS, plus added Mark Loretta and Orlando Hudson to play at SS or 2B. Plus Tony Abreu is looking to comeback this year, so there's good depth in the infield.

Hopefully De Jesus can rehab and play some SS before the year is over. If not, look for his name next year and beyond.

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