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Love Jose de Jesus More

Posted in Jose de Jesus on January 6, 2017 by wechslerh66


¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Jose de Jesus!

Photo: “Love Jose de Jesus More.  All Else Is Born From It.”  Courtesy of H. Wechsler.


Cincuenta y uno

Posted in Jose de Jesus on January 6, 2016 by wechslerh66


Jose DeJesus has the lowest cap brim and one of the liveliest fastballs in the National League. That’s a frightening combination for opposing hitters, who are probably unsure if the wild young righthander even sees them. And with 73 walks allowed in 130 innings last year, maybe he doesn’t.

After being obtained from Kansas City for Steve Jeltz before the ’90 season, DeJesus began the year at AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre. It was there that Phils’ minor league instructor Jim Fregosi helped lighten the towering righthander’s load. Fregosi told him to forget about the hitter, and DeJesus took the advice literally. He pulled his cap brim down so far that it hid his eyes, creating a tunnel between him and the catcher’s wide glove. “Tunnel vision” is the right term: usually, DeJesus couldn’t even remember what a given batter last did against him or even how he pitched him. With his new style, DeJesus was still wild, but he was also very tough to hit, holding opponents to a .211 batting average after his June recall to Philadelphia.

DeJesus has one great pitch: a high, hard fastball with a little sideways slide on the end. He can throw it to either corner. Unlike many dominant fastballs, it produces more fouls than swings and misses, and induces more ground balls than strikeouts. It was also more effective against lefties than it was against righties last year. DeJesus throws a slider, but as with the fastball, control is a problem. To help him cut down his walks and set up his fastball, DeJesus is scheduled to learn a change-up from Phils pitching coach Johnny Podres.

DeJesus is easy to steal on as he is slow delivering to the plate out of the stretch. His ungainly follow-through hampers him in fielding the ball. He has a good batting eye and should become a passable hitter, although his bunting is awful.

DeJesus’ record last year was deceiving; he won nearly every game he had a chance to win. The Phils gave him four or more runs of support seven times, and he was 6-0 in those starts. In his other 15 starts, he received two or fewer runs to work with, and was 1-8. With his brim down, his fastball riding up and in, and better control, DeJesus should break double figures in wins in ’91.

–from THE SCOUTING REPORT: 1991, STATS, INC./John Dewan, editor, Don Zminda, associate editor


Posted in Jose de Jesus on January 6, 2014 by wechslerh66

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Feliz Cumpleaños, Jose Luis de Jesus.


Posted in Jose de Jesus on January 6, 2012 by wechslerh66

Happy 47th, Jose Luis de Jesus. Wherever you may be.

Más de Jesus

Posted in Jose de Jesus on November 9, 2010 by wechslerh66

He was working relief at Omaha when the Royals decided they needed another arm at the major league level. They gave him a couple of quick starts and called him up. He didn’t pitch very well, but the Royals at the time were winning every game…tremendous movement on his fastball will continue to make it difficult for him to hit the strike zone.
— Bill James on Jose de Jesus, The Bill James Player Ratings Book 1995

Royals with de Jesus (1994): 64-51, .557

Royals without de Jesus (1995-2010): 1,087-1,483, .423, one winning season out of sixteen

¡qué lástima!

How the Royals became even worse than the Phillies

Posted in Jose de Jesus on July 28, 2010 by wechslerh66

What’s his star potential? Why did the Royals trade him for Steve Jeltz?
Irrational fear. DeJesus had a minor injury, and the Royals were afraid of going into the season with no backup infielder. The Royals a year ago thought they could win, and, perceiving themselves as having a winning hand, were afraid of losing because Frank White was old and they had no one behind him. In retrospect, it would have been wiser to head into the season with Frank White unsupported, and then try to make some arrangements on the fly if White couldn’t cut it.
DeJesus has awesome stuff, but will probably battle his control for several years, and will probably have arm trouble before he finds his control. I’ll be surprised if he becomes a star, and if he does it will be a couple of years yet.
–Bill James on Jose de Jesus, The Baseball Book 1991

Steve Jeltz, 1990: .155/.200/.194 in 103 AB, 0 HR, 12 OPS+ (not a typo)

Frank White, 1990 (age 39): .216/.253/.307 in 241 AB, 2 HR, 58 OPS+

1990 Kansas City Royals: 75-86, 6th place, AL West

1990 Philadelphia Phillies: 77-85, 4th place, NL East

¿Por que de Jesus?

Posted in Jose de Jesus, the de Jesus Era on July 28, 2010 by wechslerh66

He’s not the dreaded embodiment of what “Phillies pitcher” meant during my early years of fandom.

That would be Bruce Ruffin, whose Baseball Reference page is sponsored by “HBBL Likes Roughin Up Ruffin,” who writes, “Thanks Ruff of all the terrible Phils hurlers of the 80’s you were the worst. And to think you actually got votes for ROTY once.”

Or Don Carman, who led the NL in losses with 15 in 1989, when he also had an ERA+ of 68 (100 is average; Brad Lidge’s 2009 ERA+ was 59).

Or Shane Rawley, who at least was traded for a 106 OPS+ year of Tommy Herr (who in turn was traded for the immortal duo of Rocky Elli and Nikco Riesgo).

Or Kevin Gross, who led the NL in HR in 1986 and walks in 1988 but really wasn’t that bad.

So other than leading the NL in walks in 1991 with 128 (when he went 10-9 with a 107 ERA+ and led the NL in fewest HR/9 at 0.347– a mere 7 HR in 181.2 IP), he’s not notorious or even especially notable. Why, then, Jose de Jesus?

Because when I was 17 I brought a magic marker cardboard sign that read ¡DE JESUS IS GOD! to one of his home starts, where Veterans Stadium staff eyed me suspiciously but decided I was unblasphemous enough to be allowed in. (I wasn’t normally into signs, though the same season I would bring one to what I thought would be a matchup of hot-hitting pitchers: Phils lefty Dennis Cook, who would later slug .889 for the 1997 World Champion Florida Marlins, versus San Francisco righty Don “Caveman” Robinson, who would hit 13 HRs in his fifteen-year career. Cook would be scratched from the lineup, though, replaced by ex-Giant teammate Terry Mulholland, who would promptly throw a no-walk, no-run no-hitter against his old team.)

Because of his explanation of how he tried to focus on throwing strikes by blocking out everything except his catcher: “me and Daulton, me and Daulton.”

Because being traded for Steve Jeltz (who had a career OPS+ of 61, who was born in Paris, and whose Fan Club was founded by New York Times Yankees beat writer Tyler Kepner as a teenager) is worth something.

Because of how Harry Kalas would always say “HO-zay DAY-hay-SOOSE.”

Because he has a 982 similarity score with someone who actually threw a no-hitter.

Because he missed both the 1992 and 1993 seasons with injuries and was granted free agency on October 15, 1993– the day before the Phillies began their fateful World Series against Toronto. (Maybe he could have pitched the 9th?)

&, last but not least, because, like me, Jose de Jesus actually is a Capricorn. (Oddly enough, so is Ivan de Jesus— no relation. David de Jesus– also no relation– barely missed.)

Jose de Jesus worthy of his own blog? ¿Por que no?