DeWitt To Jacksonville Among Latest Moves

Terry Collins, Dodger director of player development, was in Vero Beach attending a meeting of the team's top leaders as well as looking at the two farm teams located there and took time to adjust some rosters.

Chief among the moves was the promotion of infielder Blake DeWitt from Vero to Jacksonville in order to stock the Suns for the Southern League playoffs next month.

DeWitt, who is commonly regarded as the best young hitting prospect in the system, had a somewhat disappointing average (.268) but had certainly pumped up the volume with 18 home runs and 61 RBI.

At Jacksonville, DeWitt will find Tony Abreu already well established at second so may go to third. He's been playing both spots at Vero. Utility infielder Sergio Garcia went back up to Las Vegas from Jacksonville.

DeWitt promotion follows that of another infielder, Cole Bruce as well as that of pitcher Wesley Wright. Bruce was hitting .289-10-34 when he got the call.

It's the second time Wright has been pushed up to Jacksonville. A lefthanded reliever, he'd been pitching superbly for Vero with an 0.92 ERA.

Collins also indicated that righthander Jon Meloan will follow those up. Bothered by arm problems in spring training, Melon had been pitching in relief both for Columbus and Vero Beach but lately has been returning to starting with good results. He's 1-0, 2.50 at Vero.

Replacing DeWitt at third for Vero is Russ Mitchell from Columbus. He's another whose average is down (.239) but whose power production is high - 32 doubles and 15 home runs, good for 75 RBI.

His spot at Columbus will be filled by Eduardo Perez, moved from Ogden. Perez began the season with the Catfish for whom he hit .242. He was batting .255 at Ogden.

Ogden also activated just-signed Greg Achentil. He's a 22-year-old righthander discovered by Southern California scout George Genovese.