PAUL DEJONG, Shortstop

PAUL DEJONG, Shortstop

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Atlanta Braves vs St. Louis Cardinals, Game 3 NLDS in St. Louis

Shortstop Paul DeJong makes a throw from his knees in Game 3 of the NLDS against Atlanta. Photo by David Carson,

GORDO ON DEJONG: He remained steady at shortstop, teaming with the spectacular Wong for an excellent double-play combination. His 14 defensive runs saved above average tied Wong for the team lead.

DeJong hit 30 homers, but so did 57 other big leaguers. His 4.1 WAR rating flattered him. He hit .200 in May, then .218, .205, .233 and .175 during the next four months. Overall, DeJong hit .193 with runners in scoring position and .182 with RISP and two outs. He hit .233 with 14 strikeouts in 30 at bats during the postseason. Manager Mike Shildt used to see DeJong as a No. 3 hitter; by October he often relegated him to the No. 8 hole.

Grade: C-Minus

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