One of Cubs' picks sounds way too familiar
Sixth-round selection De Jesus is no relation to coach DeJesus
MILWAUKEE -- When Ivan DeJesus, the Cubs' first-base coach, arrived at Miller Park on Tuesday, he checked to see who the team had taken in the second day of the First-Year Player Draft. In the sixth round, the Cubs picked Ivan De Jesus.
"It surprised me," said DeJesus, the coach. "I noticed that when I got to the ballpark. He wears No. 11, too."
The newly drafted De Jesus is a right-handed-hitting center fielder from Cupeyville High School in Puerto Rico. He has signed to play baseball at Alabama-Birmingham, but those plans could change if he opts to go pro.
He was part of national sub-championship teams at both the 15-under and 16-under levels, batting .474 with 10 home runs as a high school sophomore and .390 with 12 home runs as a junior. His 15-under team qualified for the elite World Series in Kissimmee, Fla., where he hit .450.
In his junior year, he also played in the wood-bat Palomino League (19-under), where he hit .377. He bats and throws right-handed and can play both the infield and outfield.
The Cubs' coach said the family name DeJesus is popular in Puerto Rico. His son is already in professional baseball, playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers' Minor League team.
Still, to see another Ivan DeJesus was a little weird.
"It is strange," DeJesus said. "I was just looking at the computer and saw that and said, 'Hey.'"
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.