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September 28, 1970 |
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|May 2, 1997, for the Colorado Rockies|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 7, 2006, for the Colorado Rockies|
|Earned run average||4.30|
DeJean played shortstop during his college career at Mississippi Delta Community College and Livingston University. In 1992, while playing for Livingston in the Division II College World Series, DeJean pitched to two batters, retiring both. He was selected in the 24th round of the 1992 amateur draft by the New York Yankees and signed to a professional contract as a pitcher.
DeJean was traded to the Colorado Rockies in 1996 and made his major league debut on May 2, 1997, pitching a scoreless inning in relief against the Philadelphia Phillies. DeJean achieved modest success as a closer for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2001 and 2002, but struggled mightily during brief tenures with the St. Louis Cardinals and Baltimore Orioles. He was named National League Player of the Week for May 26 through June 1, 2003. He was traded to the New York Mets during the 2004 season, but was released in June 2005. With the Mets, DeJean posted 3-1 record and 6.31 ERA. In July 2005, DeJean signed with the Rockies, re-joining the team that he began his career with in 1997. With the Rockies, DeJean posted 2-3 record and 3.19 ERA in 38 games, all in relief.
On October 27, 2005, the Rockies officially announced that they signed DeJean to a one-year contract, guaranteeing him $1.3 million ($1.15 million in base salary and $150,000 on a mutual option of $1.5 million salary in 2007). He appeared in 20 games in AAA Colorado Springs on an injury rehab assignment, but was released before making an appearance with the major league club. After signing a minor league contract with the Houston Astros during the 07-08 off-season, Dejean was released before appearing in a game.
DeJean is married with two children and resides in West Monroe, Louisiana.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference