"We hated to let DJ go," minor league field coordinator Tom Gamboa said. "There is some power there. We could not see sending him to Fort Wayne for a third year."
Justin Pickett was trying to make the transition to catcher from first base in a crowded field. Pickett hit .204 in Eugene last year and showed an all-or-nothing approach, hitting nine homers but also striking out 55 times.
"He is a dead pull guy," Gamboa said. "Making contact is a problem. We saw guys with higher ceilings."
Right-hander Andy Underwood went 6-11 with a 4.92 for Fort Wayne in 2007 and was sent down to extended spring training to work on his mechanics.
"He said everyone here had tried to help him and was very appreciative," Gamboa noted. "For whatever reason, his velocity and control was never as good as a pro as it was in college."