Paul DeJong

Position: 3B
Born: 08/02/93
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 195
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (STL).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
Hitting .294 with 11 home runs, 31 RBIs and nine doubles for a .541 SLG in 46 games at Memphis (Triple-A).

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Memphis on May 28, when 2B Kolten Wong went on the 10-day DL.
MLB Debut Date: 05/28/17

Debut Details
May 28, in an 8-4 loss to the Rockies. Pinch-hitting for right-handed reliever John Brebbia (see above) to start the top of the ninth inning against right-handed reliever Greg Holland, he hit the second pitch he saw for a solo home run to left field.

Player Notes
DeJong grabbed a nice little piece of MLB history book space when he became the 118th player in league history to hit a home run in his first at-bat (the last one to do it was current budding Yankees superstar Aaron Judge, last August). No relation to Seattle pitcher Chase De Jong, who made his debut last month (Chase has a space between the De and the Jong and Paul does not), the Illinois State product's rise from draft to debut has been pretty meteoric. Making his pro debut with 66 games between Johnson City (Rookie League) and Peoria (Class A) in 2015 and hitting .316 with nine home runs, 41 RBIs and 13 stolen bases, DeJong jumped past High A right to Springfield (Double-A) in 2016 where he hit .260 with 22 home runs, fifth in the Texas League, 73 RBIs and 29 doubles in 132 games and earned Baseball America's nod as the system's best power hitter. He's also versatile in the field, able to play second base, shortstop, third base,and even catcher (which he did in college) with plus power - an impressive set of tools especially for the middle-infield spots.