Perrotto: Has Chase De Jong Finally Found Baseball Home, Too? (+)
Stability is fleeting for many professional athletes.
Take Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Chase De Jong as an example. The 29-year-old has yet to spend a full season in the major leagues since the Toronto Blue Jays selected him in the second round of the 2012 amateur draft following his senior years of high school in Long Beach, Calif.
After six different major-league organizations, a stint in independent ball and 11 professional seasons, De Jong has just 66 big-league games on his resume
However, De Jong finally has a feeling of belonging with the Pirates. They called him up from Triple-A Indianapolis on April 22 last season and he spent the rest of the year in the big leagues.