I know Brett put up an article on this, but I feel it should be brough up again. As of now, through 16 games, Ryan Sweeney is hitting .404/.452/.772/.1.224 with 5HR. I know what you're thinking. We've been there. In 2009, ir was Micah Hoffpauir. In 2010, it was Jake Fox. In 2012, it was Bryan LaHair. After dominating PCL junkballers, they come up, have a hot start, and then big league pitchers learn their weaknesses,which is pretty much anything other than fastballs down the middle.
I know I sound like a woman who gets screwed over by every guy she meets, but keeps telling herself that this time is different, but we have very good reason to believe that Ryan Sweeney is different. First off, unlike the others, Sweeney was a 3 time top 100 prospect, and top 50 2 of those times. Sure, that was many years ago, but that's because he was called up soon after. And did quite well for himself. Ryan Sweeney was 21 years old when he got his first cup of coffee. In 2008, at age 23, he posted a line of .286/.350/.383. Between 208-2010, he had a slash line of .291/.347/.393 which was good for a cumulative WAR of 5.9. At the age of 23, Jake Fox was posting a more impressive line of .282/.361/.461. With 9 home runs. However, he was doing it at High A. LaHair and Hoffpauir were each in A Ball as well at that age. All 3 spent multiple years in AAA before their breakout.
What makes Sweeney's line more impressive? It's very sustainable, and it's very believeable that he can replicate those numbers. Perhpaps better. You can't put up those numbers for that length of time by simply sitting on fastballs as LaHair, Fox, and Hoff did for about a month or so each.
While there's no urgency to call up Sweeney, but usually with these minor league deals, there's a cut off point in which they can opt out if not called up by. If this is the case, I'd hate to see him walk when he's a guy who could potentiall be a long term assett. To make a long story short, I think that if each of Sweeney and Schierholtz were given a full season of full time play, the results would be similar. If it were up to me, I'd say sell high on DeJesus. I like him a lot, but he's 32 and his value will likely never be higher. Give Sweeney a look at center. If it's too disaterous, use Borbon as a defensive sub when needed.