David DeJesus: A Diamond in the Rough?
This off-season, the first move made by the new regime, was to sign free agent outfielder, David DeJesus. It wasn’t an overly sexy move, unless you ask his wife, but it was a move that essentially sealed the fate of Tyler Colvin with the organization. Just under two weeks later, Colvin would be dealt to the Rockies.
What we’re left with is a new face playing a position he has the least experience playing of all the spots in the outfield. You can imagine why the move was less than impressive for Cub fans who immediately expected the top talent on the market be brought in when Theo took over. What they’ve been given is a player who doesn’t fit that mold, but does that mean he can’t play a role?
Where did he come from? – DeJesus was originally drafted in the 43rd round of the 1997 draft by the Mets only to elect to go to Rutgers. Three years later he would be drafted again by the Royals in the 4th round. He spent the first nine years of his career in the Royals organization before being traded to the A’s last season where he was a tad underwhelming.
What can we expect? – Being over 3o and coming off a career low year in Oakland, some would say that the signing was a bad one. However, when we throw out the year with Oakland and look at his overall time with the Royals we see a guy that can play a good defensive outfield and be competent in the top of the order. In his career as a leadoff hitter, DeJesus has a split line of .292 / .365 / .437. He doesn’t steal a ton of bases, in fact he rarely steals, but he doesn’t make outs on the bases. He’s the type of player that seems to fit the mold of a player coveted by Theo and his crew. He sees pitches (3.95 Pit/PA in 2010 compared to the league average of 3.78) and makes above average contact when he does swing.
Ultimately, the prognostications on DeJesus tend to call for about 10-12 HR, with an average in the low .270’s, an on base % in the .340’s and slugging right around .400. It’s not overwhelming, but I believe we can see better. Be sure to follow her on Twitter @KimDeJesus9
Now that we’ve established what we expect, let’s dial it back a notch and give you a little different perspective. David’s wife, Kim, was kind enough to open the door to the more personal side of DeJesus with a small writeup about her husband:
If I were to describe Dave to someone the first thing that comes to mind is his positive attitude. He is hands down the most positive person I have ever met. I guarantee you will see him smiling most of the time. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who could say a bad word about him or his hard work ethic. When I first met him I didn’t believe someone could be that happy all the time. He just does not complain and I am always impressed with how he wakes up with a smile on his face. Dave has this really refreshing view on life and is truly enjoying this journey he’s been given. He is my constant reminder to try to keep things in perspective. Dave also has a strong and beautiful faith and is totally devoted to our family. He is an amazing father and our son adores his every move. Kids in general gravitate towards Dave and I think it is because in many ways he is a kid at heart. He just accepts kids for who they are and relates to them on their level. Obviously there are a lot of wonderful things I could say about Dave because he is my husband, but when you asked for a glimpse of who he is, these are just some of things that come to mind. He’s also the type of person that lets his actions speak, rather than words. so I’m not sure how he’ll feel about me writing all this 😉
For as nice as Dave is, he has this crazy competitive side. I know he will never admit to you that I have beat him in H.O.R.S.E, but its true! He won’t even play me anymore because he hates to lose. However, I kind of beat everyone in H.O.R.S.E, so don’t hold it against him because I would probably beat you too! Haha 😉 Dave is obsessed with the Buffalo Bills and it’s hilarious to watch him get into the games. He is a Jersey boy at heart and he is actually a pretty good dancer. He has zero shame about busting into a song or dance. If he wasn’t a baseball player, it would not surprise me if he was in a boy band! 🙂
I am so thankful for all the amazing years and wonderful experiences Dave had with the Royals, and last year with the A’s. Looking forward, we are so excited about this incredible new chapter with the Chicago Cubs! Dave already loves his new teammates, and is so impressed with the organization and staff, and the fans have been great. Of course, I am so proud of my husband no matter what team he is on, but to be playing at home is amazing! I can’t wait to get to Wrigley 🙂