Former Kentucky star Antone DeJesus put the finishing touches on a great year in the North American League this past week. DeJesus, who was a key cog on our 2006 SEC Championship team, signed with the St. Louis Cardinals after his junior year at UK.
DeJesus hit .343 this past year with the Rio Grande Valley Whitewings and the Edinburg Roadrunners, 12th best in the ten team independent league. Antone notched 24 doubles, five triples, 34 RBI, 24 stolen bases and a pair of home runs in 83 games played.
The Ohio native, who became a YouTube sensation for this catch in 2010 (which is now up to over 24,000 views), played four years in the Cardinals' system and advanced to AA Springfield.
Last offseason, Antone traveled to Puerto Rico and suited up for the Indios de Mayaguez in the Caribbean Winter League, and clutched up for the game-winning hit in the Puerto Rican World Series, leading the Indios to their 16th national championship.
Antone is the type of guy who you never, ever see without a smile on his face, so it's great to see him have success, which can likely be attributed to the fact that he got to play every day. Here's hoping that there's an organization out there that has taken notice of his production. It would be great to see him get another shot in affiliated ball.