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Iván DeJesús, Jr. (born May 1, 1987)[1] is a right-handed throwing and right-handed batting Puerto Rican professional baseball player. He was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers' in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft,[2] and he is the son of Ivan DeJesus.[2] DeJesús was named 2008 minor league player of the year for the Dodgers organization.[3][4] DeJesus had been the Dodgers sixth highest rated prospect and best defensive infielder prior to 2007.[5] He was listed as the #12 Dodger prospect prior to 2008 by Scout.com and #13 by Baseball America.[6][7]

Career

In 1987, he was born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.[1] He went to high school at Puerto Rico Baseball Academy of Gurabo, Puerto Rico.[1] He was the Los Angeles Dodgers' 2nd selection and 51st overall selection of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.[2]

In 2005, he split time between the GCL Dodgers of the Gulf Coast League and the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer Baseball League. He has played with the Columbus Catfish of the South Atlantic League in 2006 and with the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino of the California League in 2007. He spent the 2008 season with the Jacksonville Suns of the Southern League.[1] He was selected to play for the South Division of the Southern League All-star game,[3] but he instead played in the 2008 All-Star Futures Game.[8] He ended 2008 with a 23-game hitting streak.[3] He finished second in the Southern League with 76 walks and tied for third with 150 hits.[9] He was selected to the Baseball America Minor League All-Star Second Team as a second baseman.[9]

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ivan DeJesus. thebaseballcube.com. Retrieved on 2008-09-24.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Winston, Lisa (2008-07-02). Past, Futures meet in young DeJesus: Dodgers prospect with big-league bloodlines building a bright future. MiLB.com. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved on 2008-09-24.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Holmes, Tot (2008-09-22). De Jesus, McDonald Honored. LADugout.com. Scout.com. Retrieved on 2008-09-25.
  4. Dodgers Team Report. Yahoo! Inc. (2008-09-23). Retrieved on 2008-09-24.
  5. Matthews, Alan (2007-02-20). Top 10 Prospects: Los Angeles Dodgers. Baseball America. Retrieved on 2008-09-25.
  6. Holmes, Tot (2008-02-03). Dodger Prospect #12 - SS Ivan De Jesus, Jr.. LADugout.com. Scout.com. Retrieved on 2008-09-25.
  7. James McDonald and Ivan DeJesus Jr. Named Los Angeles Dodgers Minor League Players of the Year. The Raw Feed. MLN Sports Group LLC. (2008-09-12). Retrieved on 2008-09-25.
  8. Jackson, Tony (2008-06-26). Ivan DeJesus Jr. named to Futures Game. inside the dodgers. Los Angeles Newspaper group. Retrieved on 2008-09-24.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Leung, Diamond (2008-09-11). Dodgers' McDonald a two-time POY. The Press Enterprise. Press-Enterprise Company. Retrieved on 2008-09-25.

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