The Atlanta Braves continue to add depth to their minor league system by signing former Chicago Cubs utility player Blake DeWitt.
DeWitt, who has spent the majority of his time at second base and left field, spent last season with the Iowa Cubs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cubs. He was designated for assignment early in the season after a disappointing .137 batting average with Chicago. He didn't fare much better behind the plate with Iowa, batting .127 in 30 games with the club, adding 13 hits and only 5 RBI's.
Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Blake was a player that was once considered one of the top-10 prospects in the their organization. DeWitt scored the "Best Hitter for Average" award while competing in the Pioneer League, where he was also considered the second-best overall prospect. He was penciled in as the Dodger's opening day starter at third base during the 2008 season after injuries derailed the team's top three third baseman. However, DeWitt didn't do enough to keep the job as the team replaced him mid-season by acquiring Casey Blake from the Cleveland Indians.
DeWitt's best chance to make the team is through his versatility on the field. He has played nearly every infield position and some left field in his brief MLB career. He's a long-shot to make the major league roster out of camp but stranger things have happened.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, MLB