D.J. LeMahieu

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David John LeMahieu

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Biographical Information[edit]

Second baseman D.J. LeMahieu was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 41st round of the 2007 amateur draft but opted to attend college instead. At Louisiana State University, he played in the College World Series in 2008 and 2009 and was selected to the All-Tournament Team in the latter season as his team won the championship. He was then chosen by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the 2009 amateur draft and signed by scout Steve Riha. He reached the big leagues with the club two summers later.

As a rookie with the Cubs in 2011, D.J. played 37 games, going 15 for 60 with a pair of doubles. He was however victim of a logjam in the Cubs' middle infield, with Starlin Castro having established himself as a budding star at shortstop, and Darwin Barney and Blake DeWitt both doing well at second base. As a result, the Cubs decided that hew was expendable, and on December 8th, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies with Tyler Colvin in return for Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers. With incumbent 2B Mark Ellis having left the Rockies as a free agent, LeMahieu stood a good chance to become a regular in Denver in 2012. He did not claim the job immediately, making a couple of stints with the AAA Colorado Springs SkySox, but his solid hitting when he was given a chance to play meant that his playing time increased as the season went along. On August 28th, however, it was his glove that put him in the record books, as he recorded 12 assists in a 9-inning game - an 8-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers - to tie a record held by several players, most recently Harold Reynolds of the Seattle Mariners in 1986­. He hit .297 in 81 games that season, then in 2013 hit .280 in 109 games. He was a fullt-0me starter at second base in 2014, when he played 149 games for the Rockies and hit .267 with 5 homers and 42 RBIs. His glove was the best part of his game, as he was voted recipient of the Gold Glove as the National League's best-fielding second baseman that season. However, in spite of his defensive prowess, his offense over his first three seasons with Colorado left something to be desired, as his limited power and few walks resulted on OPS+ numbers of 88, 74 and 76 over the three years.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 2-time NL All-Star (2015 & 2017)
  • 3-time NL Gold Glove Winner (2014, 2017 & 2018)
  • NL Batting Average Leader (2016)
  • NL Singles Leader (2016)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (2016)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Thomas Harding: "LeMahieu looking rock solid at keystone position: Colorado second baseman hopes to rebound offensively", mlb.com, February 9, 2015. [1]
  • Thomas Harding: "LeMahieu ignores naysayers, keeps improving", mlb.com, February 20, 2017. [2]

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