Some players fall under the radar for Major League Baseball. What I mean is that some players don’t meet the statistical requirements for any award and yet are not only good players but extremely important to their team. I believe David DeJesus is just such a player. After several years with the Kansas City Royals and one stop in Oakland Athletics territory, DeJesus landed a couple of year deal with the Chicago Cubs.
Thus far, that has worked out pretty well. The Cubs are slowly improving year after year and DeJesus is one of the many good things about the team. He is a scrapper and a hardnosed player that plays the game the right way. You hear that often but with him it really is true. The stats are okay. He isn’t going to win the batting title or the Triple Crown anytime soon, but he is productive when it counts.
Stats collected when hitting in the clutch should count double. For the Cubs, DeJesus is one of the clutch go-to guys. He has a quick and compact swing that is great for making contact. You don’t have to worry about him striking out 200 times and if a ball is hit in his direction that he is capable of catching, you bet he’ll likely catch it.
This season could be the final year with the Cubs which also can lead to a great year. The 2014 season is a team option with a buyout of $1.5 Million. Obviously if he performs well enough for the Cubs to exercise the option, he gets a lot more than that. Maybe most importantly of all, DeJesus has fun with his team. For example, he had fun and also takes pride in the bunt championship belt he won this spring. He said he’ll put it on his mantle. You know what? He should. At least that way there would be some kind of award for the type of player that he is.