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Who Is Blake DeWitt?

By bullpenbrian at 08.01.2010 3 comments.

The Dodgers’ main trade piece in return for Ted Lilly & Ryan Theriot is Blake DeWitt, a 24-year-old, left-handed batting second baseman selected by the Dodgers in the first-round of the 2004 amateur draft.

He debuted with L.A. in 2008 as a third baseman batting .264 with 9HR & 52 RBI in 117-games.

Against Chicago in the NLDS, DeWitt went 3-for-11 plating two runs and recording one RBI.

In 2009, however, DeWitt bounced between Triple-A and Los Angeles six times backing up All Star Orlando Hudson. In his 33-games with the big club, DeWitt hit just .204 with 2HR & 4 RBI.

That changed in 2010 with Hudson’s departure and DeWitt in the starting role. He’s rebounded nicely batting .270 with 1HR & 30 RBI in 82-games with the Dodgers.

Although DeWitt is expected to start at second base for the Cubs, he’s started nearly as many games at 3B (82) in his three seasons as he has at 2B (100).

DeWitt also brings to the Cubs this season a .297 avg. with RISP and a .295 avg. for the month of July, including a triple, three doubles and six RBI. He’s also batting .316 avg. in 26 day games, which he’ll see plenty more of playing at Wrigley Field.

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  1. thescoundrel says:

    I have been following the Cubs since I was in sixth grade. This has been a tough year to watch – not as tough as the ’69 fold but it has been tough to follow. At least in ’69, we could only get about 25 could games a year local TV. I have Direct TV and get almost every game now. Perhaps all the games I get now, just keeps getting tougher and tougher to watch the games. It isn’t because the team is the worst they have fielded since I have been following. Just the opposite, I felt this years Cubs Team had a lot of potential. The clutch hitting just has not been there. And you just cannot lay the blame on the Rameriz and D Lee aches and pains. Nobody is picking up the slack.

    • bullpenbrian says:

      You speak for many of us!
      Without question, the Cubs have plenty of talent to compete.
      But yet, it’s remarkable they’re on pace for 90-losses.
      Believe or not, the starting staff still leads the NL in quality starts,
      but as you pointed out, the offense has been terribly inconsistent.
      The blame, however, falls on everyone…Lou, D-Lee, Aramis and so on.
      Lots of guys who are been paid big-bucks have dropped the ball.
      Marlon Byrd, for instance, shouldn’t be the All Star of this team.
      Jim Hendry is taking much heat, too.
      Yes, he failed to aquire bullpen help this past offseason, but Hendry
      isn’t the who’s slumping at the plate.
      The Cubs GM put the pieces in place, has a roster loaded with talent,
      but could fall victim to the Cubs poor play, as well.
      Watching the final two months won’t be easy, exciting or interesting.
      We can only hope this train wreck lights a fire under new owner Tom Ricketts.
      Thanks for sharing your pain! You’re not alone in this mess:)

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