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Jerry Sands had a nice debut for the Dodgers

Apr 19, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

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I didn’t mention this in ATH because I was more interested in the origin of Dan Uggla‘s last name, but it’s worth noting that Dodgers prospect Jerry Sands made his major league debut last night and it was good.

Sands had a double in the first inning that may have scored a faster man than James Loney, who was on first at the time. He drove in his first run with a sac fly in the third.  The next inning he lost a ball in the lights momentarily but recovered nicely and made the catch.  By then the Dodger Stadium crowd was chanting “Jer-ry! Jer-ry!”  There hasn’t been a ton to cheer about in that ballpark this season. You could tell they were happy to have a palate cleanser like this.

Sands struck out in his other two at-bats, but that’s OK.  It was a good debut. And as he represents an upgrade in talent over Tony Gwynn Jr., the left field job is likely his if his production comes close to meeting that talent.

  1. dodger88 - Apr 19, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    They actually started chanting his name during his 2nd AB, when he drive in the run with a sac fly. I hope the Dogers both play him everyday, including a few starts at 1B, and show patience. He’s a good talent but despite the name chanting he won’t be a saviour and he will likely be hit & miss for much of the season. I’ll settle for a good bat, good glove complement to Kemp & Either who makes up for some of the missing production from the likes of Loney, Uribe and the mess that was the LF platoon.

  2. riverace19 - Apr 19, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    AA and AAA stats pretty solid from 2010. K’s sure, but good power and ability to draw walks. Any insight on this guy from Dodgers people? Interesting fantasy OF option.

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