One day you’re bursting with potential, the next you’re what?
Jerry Sands was supposed to be the Dodgers’ next great position player, a big outfielder who earned the organization’s Minor League Player of the Year award in 2010.
He was called up earlier than expected in April last season, struggled (.200, .294 and .328 on-base and slugging percentages) and by June was sent back down. He showed more promise during a call-up in September (.342, .415, .493), though by then he had been surpassed by Dee Gordon as the top position prospect.
And now he’s slipped ever further, down to at least the third top outfielder prospect.
The Dodgers called up Scott Van Slyke, who like Sands can play the outfield and first, before Sands last month. The Dodgers sent Sands back to the minors when Matt Kemp came off the disabled list, but when Kemp returned to the DL Thursday they did not call Sands back up but outfielder/infielder Alex Castellanos.