Jansen Assigned to Hawaii League

As the revived Hawaii Winter League gets ready for its opening games, the Dodgers have switched the catcher it will be sending there to play. Kenley Jansen will replace Tony Harper, who was the original receiver among the five players the Dodgers have assigned to the North Shore Honu.

Jansen, a native of Curacao, played for the Gulf Coast Dodgers in 2006, hitting .248 with one home run. It was the second year in the league for the switch-hitter who turned 19 on Saturday. He's regarded as a prospect with a good arm and at 6-2, 178, has some power potential.

Chief among the Dodgers in the league is Blake DeWitt, who earned all-star honors in the Florida State League while playing second base for Vero Beach before being promoted to Jacksonville. He's one of three position players, LA. has sent here with outfielder Xavier Paul and first baseman Cory Dunlap, the others.

There will also be two pitchers from the Dodger system on the North Shore staff- righthander Zach Hammes, who spent the summer at Vero Beach, and lefthander Wesley Wright , who shuttled between Vero and Jacksonville throughout the season.

The Hawaii League opens play Sunday.

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