Dukes has great ability, but ...
December, 4, 2007
The odds of Elijah Dukes' major league career amounting to anything are long, not because of a lack of ability but because of the mounting disciplinary and legal problems that destroyed his career in Tampa Bay. If he can stay out of trouble in Washington, which acquired him from Tampa on Monday, he's a legitimate middle-of-the-order bat who'll draw walks and hit for big power -- he's about as strong a hitter as you'll see -- and he'll offer plus defense in a corner outfield spot. He needs to work on his pitch recognition, but he could benefit from the move to the National League, the easier league. But this is all moot if he can't stop the self-destructive behavior that has limited him to just 132 games over the last two seasons.