Actually, I'm not sure that he has been or will be an everyday player, and that is the certainly key for his value. Before Rocco pulled his hammy Dukes platooned in the OF and Upton would occasionally DH. Upton's record pace for errors could well impact Dukes pt all year once (if) Baldelli is healthy enough to play CF again.
I love the potential Dukes brings and he certainly seems to be coming on lately.
Yeah, not sure he will get to play much OF when Baldelli gets healthy enough to play CF. Crawford and DYoung have the other spots locked down(I think). And when Iwamura comes back I guess Dukes will be fighting for DH time with Gomes, Pena, Upton, Cantu. At least thats what it looks like to me.
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Due to Rocco's propensity for injury, Madden will probably establish a platoon in CF, with Rocco and Elijah alternating in and out of the DH slot. Both players provide superb defensive options. (JMHO).
It looks like Elijah is adjusting to major league pitching.