As the dust of Saturday's mega-trade with between the Red Sox and Dodgers begins to settle, the PawSox have received their first player brought over in the deal.
On Sunday, infielder Ivan De Jesus, 25, was added to Pawtucket's roster after playing most recently on August 23 with Triple-A Albuquerque in Memphis. Although the majority of his minor league career has been spent as a shortstop, De Jesus has played the bulk of this season at second base -- where he has also played with the Dodgers.
MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo on De Jesus:
"This is a guy who has had some pretty good years in the minor leagues...I think the [broken leg injury] kind of forced him completely under the radar, even in their own system. Maybe he's a utility guy. When he's been up he's played some second base, he's played some third, and can still play shortstop when needed."
Before his lost 2009 season, De Jesus played in the 2008 Futures Game and had his best year in the minors, hitting .324. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
The injury Mayo referenced occurred durring a collision at home plate during Spring Training which caused him to miss the entire 2009 season. More recently, the infielder has missed some time this year with a tear of his left oblique he suffered in March while swinging.
In 23 games this season with Los Angeles, the Puerto Rico native hit .273 with three doubles and four runs batted in. At the time of his trade to Boston, De Jesus was a lifetime .297 minor league hitter, spending the majority of each of the last three seasons in Triple-A.
Ivan is the son of Ivan De Jesus Sr., a 15-year Major League shortstop known for his defensive abilities. Interestingly enough, De Jesus Sr. was part of the 1977 trade that sent Bill Buckner from the Dodgers to the Cubs. In 1982, he was traded by the Cubs to the Phillies for Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg.
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