Tampa Bay Rays – No. 7
December 20, 1979 |
Brooklyn, New York
|September 2, 2003 for the Kansas City Royals|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||543|
David Christopher DeJesus (//; born Thursday, December 20, 1979) is a professional baseball outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has played in MLB since 2003, and has also been a member of the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, and Washington Nationals. He is of Puerto Rican descent.
DeJesus was raised in Manalapan Township, New Jersey, and played high school baseball at Manalapan High School. He was drafted out of high school by the New York Mets in the 43rd round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft. DeJesus did not sign with the Mets, opting instead to attend Rutgers University. Three years later, he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft by the Kansas City Royals.
Kansas City Royals
DeJesus made his Major League debut on September 2, 2003. After Carlos Beltrán was traded to the Houston Astros in 2004, DeJesus became the starting center fielder for the Royals. He finished sixth in the 2004 Rookie of the Year voting. On March 9, 2006, DeJesus signed a five-year, $13.8 million contract extension with the Royals through 2010, with a club option for the 2011 season. On June 15, 2008, De Jesus hit the first grand slam of his career. This prompted the game caller to remark, "He smashed the living DeJesus out of that ball!"
In 2010, DeJesus was in threat of being traded along with his fellow starting Outfielders, Scott Podsednik and José Guillén, who were both traded. David, on the other hand, tore a tendon on his right thumb. He was placed on the 15-day DL, which in case he had season ending surgery. DeJesus was hoping to return to the team in September, but instead was moved to the 60-Day DL. He finished the season batting .318 with 5 home runs and 37 RBIs in 352 at-bats.
On October 2, 2010, the Royals picked up his $6 million club option for 2011.
In 2013, due to the signing of Nate Schierholtz, DeJesus moved to center field for the 2013 season. While in Chicago, David quickly became a fan favorite for the Cubs, due to his outstanding work ethic and positive attitude.
Tampa Bay Rays
On August 23, the Nationals traded DeJesus to the Tampa Bay Rays for future considerations. DeJesus got off to a hot start with the Rays culminating in a walk-off single in the 18th Inning against the Baltimore Orioles scoring Desmond Jennings.
On November 6, 2013, DeJesus re-signed  with the Rays, inking a two-year, $10.5 million deal. DeJesus was represented by agents Sam and Seth Levinson of ACES Inc. The Rays, without a true designated hitter, put DeJesus in that role in 2014, where he's appeared the most. On June 19, DeJesus was placed on the disabled list with a left hand fracture on a check swing the previous day. He was hitting .269 with 5 HR and 17 RBI in 62 games before the injury. He was leading the team with a .367 OBP and a .440 SLG.
- DeJesus: Baseball beginnings, Major League Baseball, October 28, 2003. Accessed February 20, 2008. "My name is David DeJesus. I was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Manalapan, New Jersey."
- David DeJesus player profile, Kansas City Royals. Accessed July 19, 2007. "Full name is David Christopher DeJesus...graduated from Manalapan (N.J.) High in 1997"
- Kaegel, Dick (2006-03-09). "Notes: DeJesus inks long-term deal Contract runs gh 2010 with club option for 2011". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-12-19.
- "De Jesús y Posada producen en grande" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
- David DeJesus's injury report from ESPN.com.
- DeJesus's ESPN Profile
- Muskat, Carrie (30 November 2011). "Cubs sign DeJesus to play right field". MLB.com. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- Perry, Dayn (August 19, 2013). "Nationals acquire David DeJesus from Cubs". CBSSports.com.
- Mooney, Roger (June 19, 2014). "Rays place DeJesus on DL". The Tampa Tribune.
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