The young DeJesus, son of the former major league infielder, was taken in the second round of the recent draft with the choice forfeited to Los Angeles by the Seattle Mariners for the signing of Adrian Beltré. He was paid a reported bonus of $675,000.
He's 5-11, 176 and became 18 years old on May 1. Scouting reports say he has the fielding mannerisms of his father with good hands, arm and range. He's a gap-type hitter.
Ivan, Sr. came up through the Dodger system to join the big league team in 1974. He was up and down the next two years before being traded to the Cubs along with Bill Buckner in the deal that brought outfielder Rick Monday to L. A.
The Dodgers also signed their 13th-round choice, righthander Steve Johnson, who's also the son of a former major leaguer, onetime pitcher Dave Johnson, who was with the Pirates, Orioles and Tigers. Johnson is a 6-1, 185-pounder who throws a 90-91 mph fast ball, a cutter and a good change-up.
He pitched for St. Paul's School in Brooklandville, Md., and received a bonus of $310,000 to lure him away from a scholarship to Boston College. He, too, will play for the Gulf Coast entry which opens its season Friday.
The Dodgers have now signed seven of their top 10 choices. Yet to be signed are first-round supplemental pick Luke Hochevar, Josh Wall, taken with their own choice in the second round; and fifth-rounder Jonathan Meloan. All are righthanded pitchers.