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Posts tagged ‘Blake DeWitt’

Say Goodbye To: Blake DeWitt, Dallas McPherson

Blake DeWitt was protected from the 2008 Roadrunners, but things started to unravel before the season started. Originally penciled in as the starting second baseman, the Dodgers went out and signed former gold-glove free agent Orlando Hudson (for only $3 million – can you blame them?). Thus DeWitt was to get regular at-bats in AAA-Albuquerque. However, manager Joe Torre wanted DeWitt available on the bench, so now he’s getting 3 at-bats per week as the third or fourth pinch hitter. This isn’t helping the Roadrunners (or DeWitt). So we say goodbye to DeWitt, as the Roadrunners need a hitter.

I now understand why X-Men released Dallas McPherson last season, even though he was lighting up the Pacific Coast League. The problem is that at this rate, he’ll never be active for the big-league club. McPherson signed a few weeks back with the Giants, who assigned him to AAA Fresno. However, we learned this week that McPherson has yet to even report to Fresno, let alone play well for them. So sayonara, there, Mr. McPherson – lots of help you were.

Roster Moves – April 28th – Week 4

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • SP Chad Gaudin, Padres ($0 bid,  reserve)
  • SP Mitchell Boggs, Cardinals ($1 bid, active)

Up:

  • 1B Casey Kotchman (to CM)
  • RP Juan Gutierrez

Down:

  • 3B  Emilio Bonifacio
  • SP Shairon Martis
  • SP Kenshin Kawakami

Cut:

  • 2B/3B Blake DeWitt
  • 3B Dallas McPherson

Notes:

  • Gaudin was originally drafted this season by The Pi Train, in the 12th round of the Minor League Draft.  Upon being cut by the Cubs, The Pi Train released him.  He was then signed by the pitching-starved Padres.
  • We say farewell to DeWitt, who was protected from 2008.  However with the acquisitions of Casey Blake and Orlando Hudson, and Joe Torre’s goal of having him rot on the bench, DeWitt won’t be able to help anyone until 2010, at the earliest.

DeWitt Called Up to Sit in Nicer Dugouts

Dodgers recalled Blake DeWitt from the minors Friday. He will take utility infielder Doug Mientkiewicz spot on the roster and will fill a similar role with the team as he can play multiple infield positions. Manager Joe Torre plans to start DeWitt at short on Saturday in order to give Rafael Furcal a day off. Torre also said that DeWitt will be his primary left-handed pinch-hitter. At this stage in his career, DeWitt could use everyday at-bats and could be back in the minors shortly because of that reason. For now, he remains just a NL-only Fantasy reserve and long-term keeper until he becomes a regular. (Rotoworld, CBS Sports)

DeWitt Finally Sent Down to AAA Albuquerque

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the Dodgers have sent Blake DeWitt to Triple-A and called up Juan Castro. Castro would have been kept over DeWitt originally, but the Dodgers didn’t have a 40-man roster spot for him. DeWitt was sitting on L.A.’s bench behind veteran infielders Casey Blake, Rafael Furcal and Orlando Hudson. The Dodgers probably feel as though DeWitt’s development is better served by playing at Albuquerque as opposed to riding the pine with the big league club. He had received only six at-bats thus far in the season, including a start at shortstop on Thursday.Look for DeWitt to return to the big club at some point later this season if a more consistent opportunity to play arises. (Rotoworld, Rotowire)

Rusty DeWitt to Start at Shortstop. No, Really.

Blake DeWitt is set to make his first ever start at shortstop on Thursday. It’s a 12:35 start, so manager Joe Torre will rest Rafael Furcal as he planned to do early in the season. DeWitt will pick up shortstop eligibility in some leagues, but he’s not playing enough to make a difference. DeWitt gets start number one in game number four. Seems counter-productive to DeWitt’s development to start every fourth day, but the Dodgers will try and find him starts all over hte infield. (Rotoworld, Rotowire)

DeWitt Named to 25-Man Roster as Utility Schmo

Blake DeWitt has made the Dodgers’ opening day roster and will work as a utility man, backing up second base, third base, and shortstop, the L.A. Daily News reports. A mild surprise given that it would seem DeWitt would benefit from regular playing time in Triple-A. He’ll probably start a couple games a week, but barring an injury, it’s hard to see more than 250 at-bats over the course of a full season. (Rotowire)

Roster Moves – April 5th – Week 0

[Roster Moves are for Opening Night, Sunday, April 5th, and Opening Day, Monday, April 6th]

Up:

  • CM Emilio Bonifacio
  • RP Kyle McClellan
  • RP John Grabow

Down:

  • SP Madison Bumgarner (prospect)
  • RP Jose Ceda (prospect)
  • MI Blake DeWitt

Notes:

  • DH Jose Reyes moved to SS
  • SS Ryan Theriot moved to MI
  • 1B Adam Dunn moved to OF
  • OF Chris Duncan moved to DH
  • CM Casey Kotchman moved to 1B

DeWitt, Victim of Economy, Homers in Major League Camp

Blake DeWitt went 3-for-5 and homered as the Dodgers edged the Diamondbacks 10-9 on Tuesday. At .299/.338/.433, DeWitt has turned in a decent enough spring, though certainly nothing spectacular for an Arizona hitter. It doesn’t appear likely to earn him a spot on the Dodgers with Doug Mientkiewicz set to make the team. (Rotoworld)However, he would almost certainly be the choice if Mark Loretta has a setback and has to open the season on the disabled list.

DeWitt Homers and Doubles – Will It Matter?

Blake DeWitt homered and doubled as the Dodgers’ shortstop Tuesday against the Padres. DeWitt is getting a look at shortstop as he attempts to make the Dodgers as a utilityman. He’s 5-for-16 so far, and there haven’t been any complaints about his defense. Still, there probably aren’t going to be enough at-bats available to justify keeping him in the majors as a 23-year-old reserve. (Rotoworld)

DeWitt Shafted! Dodgers Sign Hudson to Play 2B

Three-time All-Star second baseman Orlando Hudson and the Dodgers reached agreement on a one-year contract Friday, giving Los Angeles a replacement for the retired Jeff Kent. The deal was contingent on Hudson passing a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Dodgers have not confirmed the contract. The Dodgers opened camp with 23-year-old Blake DeWitt, who took over when Kent went down to injury in September, at second base. DeWitt can also play third while Hudson, could combine with shortstop Rafael Furcal to give the Dodgers one of the top defensive middle infields in the majors. However, Casey Blake is still under contract with the Dodgers, so DeWitt could now be out of a starting job if Hudson passes his physical. DeWitt hit .264 with nine home runs in 368 at-bats as a rookie last season. He gets on base and has above-average power, but without everyday at-bats, he might start the season as a NL-only Fantasy option. Stay tuned . . .

The L.A. Daily News reports that Dodgers SS Blake DeWitt will get some work at shortstop this spring once Orlando Hudson is ready to take over at second base. DeWitt, who hit .264 with nine home runs in 368 at-bats as a rookie last season, could do with having another position on his resume if he wants to stick around in the majors in 2009. He gets on base and has above-average power, but without everyday at-bats, he might start the season as a NL-only Fantasy option. Stay tuned. While the Dodgers could use a true backup shortstop to pair with Mark Loretta as an infield reserve, DeWitt, who is stretched at second, clearly isn’t the answer. He likely will find himself in the minors on Opening Day. (CBS Sports, Rotoworld)