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Ivan De Jesus

#55 | SS
Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox
Ivan De Jesus
Name: Ivan De Jesus
Born: May 1, 1987 in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
High School: American Military Academy, Guaynabo, P.R.
Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 200 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (51st overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005 (signed for $675,000)
With a resume that includes a polished bat, a big league father and a lack of a strong college commitment, De Jesus could be drafted well and a bit higher than his talent might warrant. De Jesus' father Ivan was a shortstop for the Cubs and Phillies in the 1970s and '80s but with a different type of game from his son. Where the father was a slasher and speed player, the son fits the modern game better with more power in his bat and average speed (4.3 seconds to first base). The current De Jesus model has a good idea at the plate, and his bat gets above-average grades from scouts in the 55-60 range (on the 20-80 scale), projecting him to be a .280-.300 hitter. Whether De Jesus hits for power will determine his ceiling. He has some present jolt in his swing due to strong wrists and forearms. Scouts are mixed on him defensively. He has good hands and instincts, and he could handle second base easily. Whether he has enough arm to consistently make the play in the hole will determine whether he plays shortstop in the big leagues like his father.
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