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In need of offense, Dodgers call up top prospect Jerry Sands

Apr 18, 2011, 6:33 PM EST

Jerry Sands

After barely eeking out a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep at home, the Dodgers made a move to address their hitting problems Monday, calling up top prospect Jerry Sands from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Sands, 23, was one of the PCL’s hottest hitters in the early going, having already homered five times.  He was batting .400/.422/.875 with just three strikeouts in 10 games.  He drove in 17 runs all by himself.  The Dodgers, meanwhile, have scored 43 runs in 16 games.

With Sands up, the Dodgers will move away from the Tony Gwynn Jr.-Marcus Thames-Xavier Paul grabbag in left field.  Gwynn had been getting most of the playing time, but he was htiting just .256/.293/.359 in 39 at-bats.  Thames was doing better, but he’s a liability defensively.  Hopefully the club will give him starts at first base against left-handers, as James Loney was awful this spring and is only getting worse.  Paul was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Sands.

Sands will be making his major league debut.  The 2008 25th-round pick opened last year in low-A ball, but he ended up finishing it at Double-A and hitting 35 homers along the way.  He projects as a 25-homer guy for the Dodgers, though he probably won’t hit for strong averages anytime soon.  Regardless, it’s the right move for the Dodgers to give him a try.  No one else was likely to step up and become an everyday guy for them.

  1. seattlej - Apr 18, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    That didn’t take long… it was a pretty fast trip from A-ball to the show. I’m sure they’re not rushing him.

  2. dodger88 - Apr 18, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    And he gets a double in his first AB!!!

  3. cur68 - Apr 18, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Hey, Sands joust hit a double! How nice for the kid. A double in his 1st Major Leaguer @ bat while having Vin Scully commenting on it. Now that there is pretty cool. He needs to switch from Billy Idol for his walk up music, though. Kid that young shouldn’t listen to Idol. He’d do much better with The Dandy Warhols’ Bohemian Like You.

    • cur68 - Apr 18, 2011 at 10:55 PM

      PS; Does Ted Lily looks like a young Bill Murray or is it just my old eyes?

    • cur68 - Apr 18, 2011 at 11:17 PM

      And now he has his 1st RBI, too. Having a whale of a game.

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