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Meet David DeJesus, the right fielder

Feb 20, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

David DeJesus headshot.jpgDavid DeJesus tells Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that he’s cool with moving to right field:

“It’s one of those things,” DeJesus said. “I know I had a good year in
left. But we’re a team that needs a right fielder. Trey called me, and
now I’m a right fielder. I’m going to play wherever they put me in the
lineup.”

DeJesus, 30, has made only 16 starts in right field during his major league career, but was asked to make the switch after the Royals inked Rick Ankiel to play center field and Scott Podsednik to play left. Only Carl Crawford fared than better than DeJesus among major league left fielders in UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) last season. DeJesus did not make a single error in 1239 1/3 innings overall (includes three games in center and two games in right).

Factoring in his 4.9 career UZR/150 in center field (481 starts), far surpassing Ankiel (granted, in limiting showings) and Podsednik, I’m surprised that the Royals didn’t just go with their best defensive player in center. But what do I know, I blog in my pajamas while eating Fruity Pebbles and Dayton Moore, um, general manages.

  1. Ryan - Feb 20, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    I think I’d rather have your job. At least you don’t have to get your pajamas dry cleaned. Or, really cleaned at all for that matter.

  2. Charles Gates - Feb 20, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    While that quote may in fact be lip service, I more so get the impression the DeJesus genuinely accepts the task of playing RF to help the team. Props to David for that.

  3. salvo - Feb 20, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    It’d be fun to see Ankiel and that arm in right…his defensive shortcomings would also have less impact there as opposed to in CF…

  4. radiomd - Feb 20, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Words to live by: after reviewing the available options, the Royals will invariably pick the worst. And afterward, they’ll make sure everybody knows that they worked hard at it.

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