On a day when Hanley Ramirez hit the 15-day DL due to a back injury, the Dodgers have called upon 22-year-old prospect Dee Gordon to take over as their everyday shortstop.
Gordon was hitting .316/.363/.372 with no home runs and 22 stolen bases at triple-A, but his game had often been described as “raw”, both in the field and at the plate. At the plate, Gordon’s “rawness” could hold him back a bit initially, as he tends to chase bad pitches too often and his walk rate has remained low (6.5 percent) at the higher levels. However, his best attribute, speed, is what will entice fantasy GMs. Last year at double-A, Gordon stole 53 bases in 133 games. He had 22 in 49 games at triple-A this season and his success rate has been terrific (22-for-25).
There will be plenty of risk in Gordon’s AVG this season due to his impatient approach, but his line-drive/ground-ball/slashing style mixed with top-notch speed could just as easily result in a .280 or better AVG.
For teams in need of a shortstop and or a big-time stolen base threat, Gordon is a decent option. I fear that he might not get on base enough to capitalize on his stolen base potential, but depending on the depth of your league, the upside is certainly worth the risk.