Milwaukee Brewers: Top five candidates for September call-ups
Ivan De Jesus is technically listed as a shortstop on the Colorado Springs roster, but he can play all over the infield, He’s been incredible at the plate this year in Triple-A, hitting .350/..411/.495 on the season with 27 doubles, seven home runs, and 61 RBIs. Those stats may look inflated because of the situation in Colorado Springs, but that’s not entirely the case.
De Jesus has hit everywhere he’s played in the Minor Leagues. He owns a career .303/.374/.404 line in about 1100 games. The 30 year old De Jesus has been around awhile. He was drafted in the same year as Ryan Braun, although with much less success.
He’s a career .242 hitter in the Major Leagues in 228 games with the Dodgers, Red Sox, and most recently, the Cincinnati Reds. Because of his versatility, the Milwaukee Brewers are likely to bring up De Jesus. He’ll provide another solid bat off the bench for manager Craig Counsell.
The problem with de Jesus is that he is not on the 40-man roster. In fact, the only infielder that’s on the 40-man who isn’t on the active roster is Yadiel Rivera. But Rivera still can’t hit at the Big League level or at the Triple-A level. De Jesus deserves the call instead. Rivera may have a good glove, but it’s not enough to get him a spot.