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David DeJesus

Kansas City Royals — No. 9
Left fielder
Born: December 20, 1979 (1979-12-20) (age 30)
Brooklyn, New York
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
MLB debut
September 2, 2003 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .286
Home runs     56
Runs batted in     353

David Christopher DeJesus (pronounced /dəˈheɪsus/, born December 20, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York) is a Major League Baseball left fielder, currently with the Kansas City Royals.


DeJesus was raised in Manalapan, New Jersey[1], and played high school baseball at Manalapan High School.[2] He was drafted out of high school by the New York Mets in the 43rd round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft. DeJesus did not sign with the Mets, opting instead to attend Rutgers University. Three years later, he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft by the Kansas City Royals.

DeJesus made his Major League debut on September 2, 2003. After Carlos Beltrán was traded to the Houston Astros in 2004, DeJesus became the starting center fielder for the Royals. He finished sixth in the 2004 Rookie of the Year voting. On March 9, 2006, DeJesus signed a five-year, $13.8 million dollar contract extension with the Royals through 2010, with a club option for the 2011 season. [3] On June 15, 2008, De Jesus hit the first grand slam of his career. This prompted the game caller to remark, "He smashed the living DeJesus out of that ball!"[4]


  1. ^ DeJesus: Baseball beginnings, Major League Baseball, October 28, 2003. Accessed February 20, 2008. "My name is David DeJesus. I was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Manalapan, New Jersey."
  2. ^ David DeJesus player profile, Kansas City Royals. Accessed July 19, 2007. "Full name is David Christopher DeJesus...graduated from Manalapan (N.J.) High in 1997"
  3. ^ Kaegel, Dick (2006-03-09). "Notes: DeJesus inks long-term deal Contract runs gh 2010 with club option for 2011". Retrieved 2008-12-19.  
  4. ^ "De Jesús y Posada producen en grande" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 2008-06-17.  

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