LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: Jerry Sands #47 of the Los Angeles Dodgers grounds out but gets an RBI in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves on April 19, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
|Birthdate - 09/28/1987|
|Height / Weight - 6'4 / 225|
|Bats / Throws - R/R|
|Drafted in the 25th round, 2008
from Catawba College
Last year at this time Jerry Sands was lighting up Camelback, making his case to be the eventual replacement for Thames or Gibbons. Not many felt he'd get a chance during 2011 but he proved them wrong, and eventually garnered 227 plate appearances.
It was a split season for Sands. He came up on April 18th and struggled for two months putting up a line of .200/.294/.328. Upon being sent back to AAA he was given the daunting task of remaking his swing. So for two and half months he did just that. When he was finally recalled on September 8, his new swing looked ready for the major leagues.
Sands started just about every game in Sept, and responded with the best bat in the outfield all year outside of Matt Kemp. Sands hit .342./.415/.493 in 85 plate appearances during this time and appeared ready to be the Dodgers everyday left or right fielder in 2012.
Ned Colletti felt different
Sands hit 35 home runs in 2010, who was the last Dodger prospect to hit at least 30 home runs in the minor leagues that did not play in AAA that season?
Sands has 67 days of service time, and is under team control for three more years. He has two option years remaining.
Sands' major league outlook looks bleak for 2012. The Dodgers re-signed Juan Rivera to be the everyday left fielder. Sands did nothing this spring to make his case so he's expected to start the year in AAA and continue to hone his new swing.
What are the TBLA community thoughts on when Jerry Sands makes his 2012 debut?