The Cubs haven’t had a true leadoff threat atop the order since Juan Pierre in 2006, which is exactly why the Cubs went after David DeJesus this offseason.
Thus far DeJesus’ production has been steady. He’s reached base safely in 8 of 11 games while posting a respectable on-base percentage of .439.
He’s seen more pitches than any other Cubs batter (173), which hasn’t been the norm for a team expected to adopt a grind-it-out mentality.
DeJesus’ seven walks also leads the team, as does his eight runs scored. But that’s not all.
He’s played a terrific right field with several highlight reel catches already under his belt. I’ve also been impressed with his throwing arm, both strong and accurate.
No reason not to be pleased with the early returns for DeJesus. About the only thing he hasn’t done is steal many bases, so far 0-for-1.