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Who Is Blake DeWitt?

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 08:  Shortstop Rafael Furcal #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers tags out Ryan Theriot #2 of the Chicago Cubs at second base after Theriot was picked off of first as second baseman Blake DeWitt #33 looks on in the fourth inning on July 8, 2010 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Bullpen BrianCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2010

The Dodgers’ main trade piece in return for Ted Lilly & Ryan Theriot is Blake DeWitt, a 24-year-old, left-handed batting second baseman selected by the Dodgers in the first-round of the 2004 amateur draft.

He debuted with L.A. in 2008 as a third baseman batting .264 with 9 HR and 52 RBI in 117-games.

Against Chicago in the NLDS, DeWitt went 3-for-11, scoring two runs and recording one RBI.

In 2009, however, DeWitt bounced between Triple-A and Los Angeles six times backing up All Star Orlando Hudson. In 33 games with the Dodgers, DeWitt hit just .204 with 2 HR & 4 RBI.

That changed in 2010 with Hudson’s departure and DeWitt in the starting role. He’s rebounded nicely batting .270 with 1HR & 30 RBI in 82 games with the Dodgers.

Although DeWitt is expected to start at second base for the Cubs, he’s started nearly as many games at third (82) in his three seasons as he has at second (100).

DeWitt also brings to the Cubs this season a .297 avg. with RISP and a .295 avg. for the month of July, including a triple, three doubles and six RBI. He’s also batting .316 avg. in 26 day games, which he’ll see plenty more of playing at Wrigley Field.


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