Last year at around this time, Jerry Sands was a Dodger for nearly a month after a blazing start at Triple-A.
Fast forward one year: Sands did not make the club out of Spring Training and has obviously been surpassed by the recently recalled Scott Van Slyke.
Sands came up last season, gave Dodger fans some hope, struggled, was demoted and came back in September and hit well. I even penned a post saying he should have been the Dodgers' starting right fielder for 2012, as his last month of 2011 was promising.
But a poor Spring Training and Ned Colletti's irrational adoration of RBIMachine™ (Juan Rivera) meant Sands was out of luck.
One would expect him to go to Triple-A and rake, as he did to start last season. But he simply hasn't gotten on track.
Sands is at .232/.324/.400 with four home runs for the Isotopes so far this season. The on-base ability is still there, as his 19 walks in 125 at-bats proves. However, he's not hitting the ball well overall.
With Van ...