Power Outage: Dodgers Call Up Hot-Swinging Jerry Sands

Gary BurzellCorrespondent IIIApril 18, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 28:  Jerry Sands #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at bat during spring training at Camelback Ranch on February 28, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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In an obvious attempt to bolster their slumping batting lineup, the Los Angeles Dodgers purchased the contract of hot-hitting prospect Jerry Sands from Triple-A Albuquerque.

After a disappointing weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals that saw them come within an inning of being swept, the call-up is welcome news for Dodger fans. The Dodgers are currently 27th in the league in runs scored with 52, 18th in team batting average at .250 and a 26th in slugging percentage at .352.

While it is never a sure thing that a minor league prospect will be able to produce at the major league level, if Sands can produce well it should help the Dodgers current hitting woes.

Sands, 23, was batting .400 (16-for-40) with five homers, 17 RBIs and a .422 on-base percentage in 10 games for the Isotopes.

Sands was the Dodgers' minor league Player of the Year last season after hitting .301 with 35 home runs and 93 RBIs at Class-A Great Lakes and Double-A Chattanooga.

Sands has been inserted in the Dodgers' starting lineup for Monday night's game against Atlanta and is slated to play left field and bat seventh.

To clear a spot on both the 25- and 40-man rosters, the Dodgers designated outfielder Xavier Paul for assignment.