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12/20/1979 (37 y, 2 m, 8 d)
2000 June Amateur Draft - Round: 4, Pick: 4, Overall: 104, Team: Kansas City Royals
$8.5M / 2 Years (2012 - 2013) + 1 Option Years
$10.5M / 2 Years (2014 - 2015) + 1 Option Years
DeJesus had his club option declined Friday. (11/6/2015)
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How David DeJesus Gained a Platoon Split
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Year in Review:
DeJesus was basically a league-average hitter in 2009, posting a .337 wOBA that was just a few ticks below his career .340 mark. The lefty batter worked deep counts, a rare trait in a Royals lineup that likes to hack first and ask questions later. DeJesus saw four pitches per plate appearance, while swinging at pitches out of the strike zone just 20% of the time. He swung at fewer than 40% of pitches seen overall, one of the 20 lowest marks among all hitters. When DeJesus did let loose on a pitch within the zone, he produced contact 95% of the time. Never a huge power threat, he managed a .152 ISO on the year. Kansas City needs to put flashing red lights in the base coach boxes when DeJesus reaches: he was an ugly 4-for-13 in stolen-base attempts and has a career 52% success rate.
The Year Ahead:
30 years old entering the 2010 season, DeJesus offers steady, if unspectacular showings in the batter's box. He controls the strike zone well, and he isn't totally bereft of power. Those skills make him an acceptable play in deep AL-only leagues, but mixed-league players should be looking for more thump from their outfielders. Swift outfield defense makes DeJesus a quality starter for the Royals, but he comes up short in most fantasy formats, where offense rules the day. If he could steal more bases it might be a different story, but that range in the field certainly hasn't translated to the base paths. You could do worse than DeJesus, but he's not an ideal starter in most leagues. (David Golebiewski)
DeJesus is an average to above-average baseball player. The problem is that most of his value -- getting on base and playing good defense -- doesn't translate to fantasy at all. He has been fairly consistent over the years and anyone who drafts him should expect about 10 home runs and a .300 average with about five steals. Either his run or RBIs totals could approach 100 depending on how he is used in the A's lineup. DeJesus also has two knocks against him entering this season. Moving into spacious Oakland Coliseum should have a negative impact on his overall offensive numbers. Also, he broke his wrist on July 23 and those injuries take about a year to recover from. DeJesus' usefulness will be as a fourth outfielder in shallow leagues and is a decent starter in deep or AL-only leagues. He will not hurt a fantasy team, but he will not win it for you either. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
DeJesus' on-field value doesn't translate to fantasy baseball value and he should mainly be used as an outfield substitute.
DeJesus may be one of the more underrated players in all of baseball, but his fantasy value tends to be only slightly understated. Despite playing less than 135 games for the Oakland A’s last season, DeJesus was able to hit 10 homers and score 60 runs. His batting average, however, suffered, and the left-handed hitter posted a career low .240 mark thanks to a sub-par batting average on balls in play and an almost unexplainable strikeout rate. Now that DeJesus gets a crack at the National League, he should be able to continue hitting .280 or higher with double-digit homers, making him a solid bench outfielder in standard leagues and a nice pickup in NL-only, OBP and linear weights ottoneu formats. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
DeJesus has a long history of being a solid real-life outfielder in the American League. Now, he gets to hit in the National League Central that suits his handedness. He should be your bench outfielder in standard leagues and a starter in OBP formats.
The Cubs signed the now 32-year-old outfielder DeJesus in the hopes he could rebound from his career-low on-base percentage and play some strong outfield defense. Though his offense rebounded to his third-worst OBP (.350) and his advanced defensive statistics where not kind, DeJesus figures to continue playing a major role in the Cubs outfield. He could assume everyday centerfield duties as prospect Brett Jackson looked far under-cooked in his 2012 callup, with Nate Schierholtz likely absorbing most of the right field PAs. Or Jackson impresses in the spring and Schierholtz and DeJesus split time in right. In an OBP or linear weights league, DeJesus makes for a dandy grab. He still pops a few dingers and can sustain a decent batting average, but giving that he will likely be leading off again in 2013 despite his paucity of steals, his upside in a traditional league is narrow. (
The Quick Opinion:
More useful in a real outfield than a 5x5 one, David DeJesus should put together a strong on-base percentage in 2013 and pop 10 homers or thereabouts. In OBP and linear weights leagues, DeJesus is a platoon starter at a low cost.
After bouncing around to four different teams in the last three years, DeJesus liked Tampa Bay enough to sign on for two more years during the offseason and, according to the team's current depth chart, walks into 2014 as the likely starting left fielder. Considering his struggles against left-handed pitching though, he'll more likely sit in a platoon -- manager Joe Maddon loves to play the match-ups and he has a number of versatile players capable of moving around the field. But DeJesus should see enough time to make him worthy of a selection in deeper leagues and he'll be even better if you can pair him up with a decent right-handed bat in a fantasy platoon. He doesn't possess much in the way of power or speed, and his declining totals in 2013 are tough to ignore. Still, a lot could have to do with his move to three different teams in just the one season and a lack of familiarity with pitchers switching between the AL and NL. He's a low-cost, low-risk outfielder with a career .353 on-base percentage and the potential for 10 home runs and half a dozen steals, making him a decent role-player in deep leagues that require you to start five or six outfielders. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
Though 2013 saw a general decline for DeJesus, he still has the potential to be a decent role player in deeper leagues that require five to six outfielders. His struggles against lefties should push him into a platoon situation, but with the possibility of 10 home runs and half a dozen stolen bases, his usefulness in leagues with daily roster moves increases if you can pair him with a proper right-handed bat.
David DeJesus found himself in a role better suited to his strengths in Tampa Bay in 2014, facing predominantly right-handed pitching. Unfortunately, that platoon did not have a positive effect on his overall numbers as his .248/.344/.403 triple slash numbers were all slightly down from his career levels. Now 35 years old, it’s hard to expect any kind of improvement from DeJesus moving forward. As a left-handed hitter, he will likely find some playing time behind the right-handed Brandon Guyer and Steven Souza, but 300 plate appearances might be the best-case scenario, and he will not make enough of an impact in that time to be fantasy relevant. (Scott Spratt)
The Quick Opinion:
The 35-year-old veteran David DeJesus has settled into a role as a fourth outfielder/platoon option in Tampa Bay. Expect fewer than 300 plate appearances and no fantasy impact in 2015.
DeJesus once hit 12 home runs, stole 11 bases and hit .307 over the course of one season. That was back in 2008. His numbers combined in 2014 and 2015 would be 11 home runs and 3 steals... and then there's the sub-.240 batting average. It's time to look elsewhere for your fifth outfield. Heck, it was probably time to do that three years ago. (David Wiers)
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