2012 Dodgers in Review #17: UT Ivan De Jesus

(w/ LA) .273/.324/.364 37pa 0hr 0.1 fWAR (inc.)

2012 in brief: Clearly passed on depth chart by many others, De Jesus’ departure was inevitable and few shed a tear when he was sent to Boston in the big trade.

2013 status: Out of options; will fight for a bench spot with the Red Sox.

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The surprise wasn’t that Ivan De Jesus was traded in the big Adrian Gonzalez deal. It’s that he even lasted as long as he did with the Dodgers, since the club often went to whatever lengths they could to avoid using him. While it can be argued that his career really has never been the same after the broken leg that eliminated his 2009, it’s been whispers of poor attitude and two consecutive September roster expansion snubs that really sealed his fate, or lack thereof, with the Dodgers.

In fact, the organization seemed to think so little of him that they refused to take advantage of his services until there were literally no other options available. A strained oblique late in camp shot down any slim chance he had of making the roster, and by the time he did eventually get called up after Mark Ellis‘ leg exploded in May, it was more out of desperation than anything – he was the only remaining healthy infielder on the 40-man roster. Actually, that’s not even telling the entire story, because he had been bypassed by Elian Herrera (who was not on the 40-man), and if you remember, we actually had to have a post here trying to figure out just who the hell Elian Herrera was.

With the Dodger roster tattered by injury, De Jesus stuck with the team through the rest of May and nearly all of June, though he started just six games in that time. Oddly, De Jesus briefly became one of Don Mattingly‘s preferred pinch-hitting options, though as Mattingly continued to start Adam Kennedy instead, we continued to wonder why, even half-heartedly starting a “Free Ivan De Jesus” movement:

Yet here we are again tonight with Harang on the mound, and Kennedy is back in the lineup at second base. I’m at an absolute loss to explain why; as if Kennedy’s .226/.321/.290 line wasn’t atrocious enough – somehow even worse than his awful 2011 was – it’d be below .200 if not for that 4-4 game he stumbled into in May. He’s contributing nothing, on offense or on defense. Meanwhile, Ivan De Jesus is buried, despite hitting .310/.344/.414 in his short time up.

Now, you know as well as I do that the 32 plate appearances De Jesus has are basically the definition of “small sample size”, and the shine has long since worn off his prospect status after a 2009 broken leg and multiple reports of a poor attitude since then. Frankly, from what I’ve heard about his reputation within the organization, I’m shocked he’s even still a Dodger, and that most likely goes a long way towards explaining why he’s been up for a month and has received only four starts, none since June 1. But all you can really do is ask a player to perform when he’s given the chance to, and so far, De Jesus has.

This isn’t really about De Jesus, of course, because I don’t see him as an everyday player and the jury is still out on if he can even be a major leaguer, especially if he’s mainly limited to second base. But we do know that Kennedy offers little – if any – value at this stage of his career, and no matter what kind of person De Jesus might be, there’s at least a chance that he can help you win some games. If and when he does get in, it’s hard to expect a young guy to help you after being nailed to the bench for three weeks at a time, anyway.

Of course, that was a whole lot more about wanting to see Kennedy on the bench than it was to actually see De Jesus in the lineup, and when Scott Van Slyke was recalled in late June, De Jesus went back down, never to return. De Jesus wasn’t moved at the July deadline – it later came out that he had wanted to be, and thinking about it now, pushing him to Philadelphia and their uncertain infield situation in the Shane Victorino deal would have been a far better fit for him than trying to fight Dustin Pedroia, Will Middlebrooks, & Pedro Ciriaco in Boston – and finally he was a Nick Punto-level total afterthought in the massive August deal.

In eight plate appearances for the Red Sox, De Jesus struck out six times, and while I shouldn’t read anything into that small sample, I will. I hope it works out for De Jesus somewhere, but at this point he looks like a utility infielder at the absolute best. Not exactly what we hoped for from him a few years ago, I suppose; I also can’t say he’ll really be missed.

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Next up! Shane Victorino disappoints in every way possible!

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GordonMoody (Not a Moderator)
GordonMoody (Not a Moderator)

RE Walking Dead: I had almost lost interest in this show until the last couple of episodes.  Finally brought back Merle.  The Governor and his group are extremely interesting antagonists.  Kinda pissed that T got bit...and eventually eaten.

EephusBlue
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Also ASPCA commercial with Willie Nelson, you are sad. But not as sad as that sarah Maclachlan one

EephusBlue
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Yeti Imperial Stout tastes even better 6 months after bottling. Had the Chocolate Yeti at a party, 10 months from bottling. Perfect way to introduce myself ;)

EephusBlue
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I am really hoping Mike does do an election thread. Its gonna be apeshit nuts Im thinking

efb
efb

Isnt it April yet? 

JoeyE
JoeyE

all the relievers out there and Ned really wants to bring back Jamey Wright?

JoeyE
JoeyE

i hope there's some juicy MLB rumors this week

 

got a feeling there will be

JoeyE
JoeyE

cant wait to vote!

Mike Petriello
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 @GordonMoody that episode last night... goddamn. This season is so much better than awful season 2.

WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)
WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)

 @Cadtalfryn I often see this as I walk around Buenos Aires, so I always carry a plastic bag or two. When it happens on the sidewalk, I hand the offender(s) a plastic bag and tell them "Se te cayó algo" (You dropped something). I have a large dog myself but, unfortunately, I can't bring him with me.

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@EephusBlue moooooooooo! :)

Mike Petriello
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 @EephusBlue i plan on it because i know it'll be impossible to keep it out of other threads, but if it gets out of hand i'll shut it down.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @efb We still have, ugh. Xmas to get through.

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@efb we still have the winter meetings, and winter league. I'm more pumped about what new horses they are looking at. Grink, Sheilds, Kuroda, then Sanchez, E Jax, Haren, and so on.

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Now I want to read the book. The movie DEMANDS your attention, if you want to understand the inter connections in all the stories. But IMHO , it is a classic battle between diametically opposed forces. I dare not divulge more.

efb
efb

 @JoeyE A signing that doesnt completely fail = great success

EephusBlue
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 @JoeyE Me too actually. I couldnt get to the polls for early voting but def. gonna be there Tuesday

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I hope youre being serious and not just being a douche

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@LakerDodger24 @EephusBlue Will be the perfect excuse to post links. Some of which I suspect will be hilarious.

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@efb same. Would have seen that instead, but I don't feel like streaming a bad hand cam bootleg.

JoeyE
JoeyE

 @VietnamDodger im voting for Roseanne.

 

but really cant wait to vote. pornstars and condoms is such a huge issue

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As long as you vote. As long as its not for McCain. But thats more historical than political.