Ivan, Sr. spent a lot of time in the big leagues as a player, coming through the Dodgers organization and player the first three (1974-76) years of a 15-year major league career. He has been a minor league manager and a major league coach.
Therefore he's schooled his son well for Ivan, Jr. knows the game. He's a shortstop like dad where he has excellent reflexes, good hands and an adequate arm. He positions himself well.
Senior finished his career with a .254 average and 21 home runs over 1371 games but Junior might outdo that. He battles pitchers working for a delivery he can drive, moves the ball around and doesn't get fooled often.
He was drafted in the second round of the 2005 draft out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy started a few years ago by Edwin Correa. Edwin was a pitcher of great promise with the Rangers before he blew his arm out and later coached in the Dodger system.
The Dodgers were happy to get him with the second-round draft pick they obtained from the Mariners as compensation for losing Adrian Beltré.
Sent to the Gulf Coast League, he slashed away for a .339 average, second only to teammate Eduardo Perez's league-leading .352 and had a .389 on-base percentage. All this earned him a trip up to Ogden where he immediately stepped into the lineup when Juan Rivera was injured.
Although a late slump there brought him to a .208 Pioneer League average, he contributed. He's got a quick stroke with good hitting mechanics.
Moving up a slot in 2006, and with the help of a .313 average in July, he hit .277 at Columbus with 44 runs batted in and stole 16 of 21 bases.
He had a eye-opening spring, hitting .278 against major league competition while filling in part-time for injured shortstop Rafael Furcal.
Then, continuing his march up the franchise ladder, he hit a solid .287 at Inland Empire in 2007 and at the age of 20, started to get some pop in his bat. He banged 22 doubles, three triples and four home runs, knocking in 52 runs.
He'll be in Jacksonville in 2008 and is breathing down the neck of Chin-Lung Hu, the Dodger shortstop-in-waiting.
Ivan De Jesus, Jr. br tr 5-11 189 Born- May 1, 1987 Obtained- Selected in second round 2005 year team ave obp gm ab r h 2b 3b hr bi sb 2005 GCL .339 .389 33 121 18 41 5 0 0 11 8 Ogden .208 .296 20 72 4 15 1 0 0 3 3 2006 Col .277 .361 126 483 65 134 17 2 1 44 16 2007 InEm .287 .371 121 428 69 123 22 3 4 52 11