Hu, DeWitt Move Up; Wade To Follow

There was some surprise expressed at the end of spring training when Chin-Lung Hu wasn't promoted and Blake DeWitt was demoted. Here were two of the more highly regarded Dodger prospects whose pace to the big leagues seemed to have stalled.

Today, all is right once again in both worlds for Hu, fresh from being named the Most Valuable Player in the Futures Game, will be moving up from Jacksonville to Las Vegas. And DeWitt will be going back to the Suns from Inland Empire.

Hu managed to hit .254 for Jacksonville last year which he thought was okay but the Dodgers didn't. So Director of Player Personnel DeJon Watson said, "We wanted to see him hit better at that level."

Which is exactly what Hu has done compiling a .329 average with six home runs and 34 runs batted in. He also included 30 doubles and has stolen 12 of 16 bases. That's proof enough obviously so he's getting the call that he expected in the spring.

DeWitt has always been touted as having one of the finer left-handed swings in the organization and in the middle of last year when he was hitting .268 with 18 homers and 61RBI for Vero Beach, he was moved up to Jacksonville. But there he managed only a .183 mark with a single home run.

So, at the start of this season, he was dropped back to high A ball again, this time with Inland Empire. Here he didn't seem to get with it for quite awhile but for the past month has bestirred himself to produce numbers much more in keeping with his promise for he's at ,298 with eight homers and 46 RBI.

Both moves will have to produce some lineup juggling for Las Vegas currently has Wilson Valdez at short and he's doing well with a .329 mark. One of the reasons DeWitt was sent back from Jacksonville was so Marshall McDougall could play every day. at third base. And when McDougall was promoted to Las Vegas, Kevin Howard was pulled from independent ball to replace him and he's hit well, too- .359. Of course, DeWitt can also play second, a position he occupied a lot in 2006.

Another move that should be made very quickly will send righthander Cory Wade from Inland Empire to Jacksonville. Wade has been used in just about every role for the 66ers- start, middle relief and closer- and he's performed well in all He's currently 7-0, 2.45 with six saves. Opponents are managing only a .207 mark against him.

And 42-year-old Roberto Hernandez, signed after his release by the Indians, has completed tune-up sessions at Dodgertown and will leave Wednesday to join Las Vegas.

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