Thursday, February 23, 2012
DeJesus to get first shot at leadoff spot
By Doug Padilla
David DeJesus had 429 plate appearances in the leadoff spot with the Royals in 2009, and sports a career .365 on-base percentage in that spot.
MESA, Ariz. -- Dale Sveum isn’t quite ready make a lineup for spring training games, much less one for Opening Day, but he is starting to commit to a leadoff hitter.
To no surprise, Sveum said he is looking at giving the left-handed hitting David DeJesus the first crack to bat at the top of the order.
A majority of DeJesus' career plate appearances have come in the leadoff spot, and he had as many as 426 plate appearances there in 2009 with the Kansas City Royals. He had just 52 plate appearances there last season with the Oakland A’s.
DeJesus has a career .356 on-base percentage, but a .365 mark in the leadoff spot.
If the Cactus League schedule started today, Sveum said that not only would DeJesus be the leadoff hitter, but Bryan LaHair would bat in the cleanup spot. He said that Alfonso Soriano is another candidate to bat cleanup.
“We obviously have a lineup that nobody is cut and dry at any position so it will wait until spring training gets going and watch what happens by March 20 or March 25,” Sveum said. “You make a lot of decisions there.”
After March 25, the Cubs have 10 more Cactus League games remaining before breaking camp on April 3. They open the season April 5 at Wrigley Field against the Washington Nationals.