April 25, 2014

Blake DeWitt Named NL Rookie of the Month!

 

Yeah, baby!!!  I simply love the way this kid plays, and he’s admirably filled the black hole that has been third base with some remarkable defensive plays while turning in a solid offensive performance all season long.  A hearty congratulations, Blake, from your friends at DodgerFan!

From the official press release:

In 26 games in May, the 22-year-old DeWitt batted .322 with five home runs and 18 RBI. The left-handed hitter went 28-for-87, scored 14 runs, hit two doubles, drew eight walks and posted a slugging percentage of .517 and an on-base percentage of .379.

Rumor Mill: Esteban German to Dodgers?

No sooner do I finish my post on Hu’s potential move to 3rd base, that I see the following bit o’ news from the Kansas City Star:

The rumor mill is picking up. One has the Royals discussing a deal to send utilityman Esteban German to the Dodgers for right-handed pitchers Jonathan Meloan and Miguel Pinango.

This is one of those potential trades that makes me cringe. A trade like this says the Dodgers just don’t have the confidence in Hu or DeWitt, either of whom I’d love to see the Dodgers at least give a shot to at third base. If I were to describe German it would be ho-hum at best. Listen to these 2007 numbers: 264 average, 4 HR, 37 RBI, 11 steals. A serviceable starter, but that’s about it. Note: he was a bench player on my fantasy team last year so I’ve kept a close eye on the guy over the course of the past season. In short, nothing special.

Let’s look at the Dodgers rumored to be involved in this deal: Meloan was the MLB.com Double-A Relief Pitcher of the Year and a Baseball America Double-A All-Star who ended the season in Triple-A. A good potential set-up guy for the future. Just based on these stats, I’d like to keep the guy. Pinango is a Triple-A starter who went 10-7 with a 4.20 ERA. Don’t know much about him.

The real question is what does German bring to the Dodgers that Hu and DeWitt do not? DeWitt is a stud in the making. Sure, he’s young and starting in the bigs is probably a huge step for the kid, but again, does German help the team significantly more than the guys we already have? German is versatile, and can play around the infield, but I’m not sold on him. You know what I think, now share your opinion!