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2013 Dodgers review: Nick Buss

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Buss was one of seven Dodgers to make their major league debuts in 2013.

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

Nick Buss made his major league debut in 2013. Here is a look back at the season for the man they call Chili.

What went right

Buss at age 26 had arguably his best minor league season. In his first year at Triple-A, Buss hit .303/.363/.525 with 17 home runs, 29 doubles and 11 triples for Albuquerque. He drove in 100 runs in 131 games and stole 21 bases in 23 attempts. That earned the outfielder a spot on the Topps Triple-A All-Star team.

It also earned Buss his first major league promotion. He was called up to the Dodgers on Sept. 14 and made his major league debut that night against the Giants. In his second major league at-bat, Buss he grounded a ball through the right side against Tim Lincecum for his first major league hit.

It was a line drive in the box score.

What went wrong

Unfortunately for Buss, that major league debut produced a third of his times on base. He was just 2-for-19 with two singles and a walk in 20 plate appearances in his initial big league stint.

2014 status

Buss, who turns 27 on Dec. 15, has 16 days of major league service time, and three option years remaining. With six other outfielders currently on the 40-man roster, Buss will almost certainly use one of those options next season.