Sunday, August 18, 2013

See ya, Blake!

Before Saturday's epic encounter, the Braves announced that they had inked Tyler Greene to a minor league contract.  In a non-corresponding move, the Braves jettison'd Blake DeWitt.  So, let's give our regards to DeWitt

DeWitt signed before the season to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.  DeWitt was once the 82nd prospect in 2006, according to Baseball America.  The former first rounder joined the Dodgers in 2008 and OPS'd .728, not all-that-awful from a middle infielder, though he did play a lot of third.  In 2010, In 2010, he set many personal highs despite being involved in a deadline deal that sent Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers.  Still, he only OPS'd .709.

After a year as a backup, DeWitt only played 18 games with the Cubs last year before being non-tendered.  In 2013, he failed to make the roster coming out of spring training.  Nevertheless, he didn't stay long in Gwinnett, playing just two games before a Freddie Freeman injury prompted the Braves to purchase his contract.  He went 1 for 3 in four games over a week and played an inning at third.  But he definitely got a chance to feel like a real Brave.  In his debut, he pinch-bunted.  Classic.  Unfortunately, his season took a turn from there as he also went to the DL with what would eventually be labeled a chronic problem.

Seems like DeWitt's future in the majors is grim...nevertheless, we thank you for your service, your #32 that went to Scott Downs, your bunting skills, and your super white name.  See ya, Blake!

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