At 23 years, 202 days old, Jerry Sands is the youngest Dodgers position player to make his major league debut since Blake DeWitt, who was 22 years, 224 days old on opening day in 2008. There have been eight Dodger position players younger than Sands to make their debut since 2000.
However, with just 348 plate appearances about Class A, Sands is in rarer company. Since 2000, only DeWitt and Matt Kemp had less experience in Double A and Triple A than Sands.
|Dodgers Position Players 23 & Younger Making MLB Debut Since 2000|
|Player||Year||AA PA||AAA PA||AA/AAA PA||Age of MLB Debut|
|2011||303||45||348||23 yrs, 202 days|
|Joel Guzman||2006||696||217||913||21 yrs, 189 days|
|Matt Kemp||2006||221||0||221||21 yrs, 247 days|
|James Loney||2006||1,014||0||1,014||21 yrs, 332 days|
|Willy Aybar||2005||537||450||987||22 yrs, 175 days|
|Tony Abreu||2007||611||188||799||22 yrs, 190 days|
|Blake DeWitt||2008||299||0||299||22 yrs, 224 days|
|Joe Thurston||2002||616||631||1,247||22 yrs, 338 days|
||2006||505||91||596||23 yrs, 79 days|
|Chin-Lung Hu||2007||912||200||1,112||23 yrs, 211 days|
|Andy LaRoche||2007||541||339||880||23 yrs, 235 days|
|Wilkin Ruan||2002||478||157||635||23 yrs, 287 days|
|Ivan DeJesus||2011||560||580||1,140||23 yrs, 335 days|
Sands, now wearing number 47, will bat seventh and play left field tonight against Tim Hudson and the Braves.
Game Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket