After an awful start offensively to begin the 2011 regular season, the Los Angeles Dodgers called up prospect Jerry Sands.
Sands had been promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque before the start of the season, but he was so impressive early on that he got the call up after just ten games.
The young slugger received a standing ovation from the Dodger crowd during his first major league at bat. It was a great moment at Dodger Stadium during a strange week for the organization.
Sands has just seven hits in 30 at-bats since being called up, but Dodger fans are hoping that he sticks around for a number of reasons.
For one, fans would like Sands to at least have the opportunity to get used to major league pitching.
Secondly, if Sands puts up statistics for the Los Angeles that even remotely resemble his minor league numbers, then he can benefit the team tremendously.
Here are five reasons why Jerry Sands will stick in Los Angeles.