How Old Is Paul DeJong?
Paul DeJong is 28 years old. He was born on August 2, 1993
Who Is Paul DeJong?
Paul Sterling DeJong is a Major League Baseball shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals in the United States. On May 28, 2017, he made his big league debut. DeJong, a native of Orlando, Florida, attended Illinois State University and played baseball there.
The Cardinals drafted him in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB draft. With 25 home runs in his debut season, he led all National League (NL) shortstops.
DeJong grew up in Orlando, Florida, before moving to Antioch, Illinois, when he was 11 years old.
He grew up rooting for the Atlanta Braves. DeJong earned his high school diploma from Antioch Community High School in 2011. He hit.430 with four home runs and 30 RBIs as a senior, helping his team to a 21-10 record.
He was a member of the Redbirds’ baseball team at Illinois State University. He was more of a walk-on. In 100 at-bats as a freshman in 2013, he batted .260 with no home runs.
DeJong has stated that during his freshman and sophomore years, he intensified his weight training and added roughly 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of muscle, enhancing his strength and quickness.
In 2014, he batted .349 with nine home runs and 48 RBIs while playing second base, third base, and catcher (RBIs).
The Pittsburgh Pirates selected DeJong as a catcher in the 38th round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft after the 2014 season. He returned to Illinois State after declining to sign with the Pirates.
DeJong led the Redbirds in hits (70), runs scored (47), doubles (14), home runs (14), and RBIs (48) in 2015.
He made appearances at shortstop, second base, third base, and catcher, as well as a designated hitter. As a utility player, he was named to the first team of the Missouri Valley Conference.
In addition, he was named Academic All-District for District 5.
DeJong earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with a pre-medical specialization from ISU in 2015. He earned a 3.74 GPA and planned to go to medical school if a professional baseball career did not pan out.
He also has one year of eligibility left in college baseball.
He was listed as the 108th best prospect in the 2015 MLB draft by Baseball America. He was drafted in the fourth round by the St. Louis Cardinals (131st overall)