MLB week

July 23, 2006

A scout's take

On David DeJesus, Kansas City's 26-year-old outfielder, hitting .305 in 54 games

Style -- He is one of the few legitimate leadoff guys around. A lot of teams don't have one that puts the ball in play and gets on, but he's the prototype leadoff guy. He's more of a National League player in that way.

Defense -- He's OK defensively. He's an adequate center fielder. He'd probably be better in a corner, but he doesn't have the power to be a corner outfielder, so he is stuck in between.

Overall -- He's probably a role guy on a better club, but he's definitely a solid major leaguer. He has a chance to develop into one of the better leadoff hitters; he's still young. There's nothing that really stands out other than he is just a good player.

Note: "A scout's take" features one major league scout's opinion on a particular player each week. A revolving roundtable of scouts is used. Because of potential tampering, the scouts are anonymous.

Say what?

"The biggest objection we had with this doll was the coloring. I have not seen it, but I had it described to me as looking like a Smurf."

Orioles public relations director Bill Stetka on the snafu that caused the club not to distribute 20,000 Brian Roberts bobbleheads last weekend. The dolls, which were supposed to be the first of a set of two given away at the ballpark this season, had a bluish skin tone.

Numbing number


Consecutive games in which the resurgent Atlanta Braves scored 10 or more runs during their recent hot streak. The last team to do that was the 1930 New York Yankees, who featured Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

What's up?

The most important part of this week is that it leads up to the non-waiver trade deadline of July 31. So some teams will spend it taking one last hard look at their chances. Two clubs on the bubble worth watching: the Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers. The Twins have three games at the Chicago White Sox starting tomorrow and then host the Tigers for a weekend series. The Brewers have a tough series at Cincinnati.

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