Tue, Jun 7, 2011
The Los Angeles Dodgers made a few roster moves Monday, none more shocking than the promotion of top prospect Dee Gordon. Given Rafael Furcal’s return to the DL, Gordon figures to steal most of the starts at shortstop from utility man Jamey Carroll.
Gordon, the son of former MLB pitcher Tom “Flash” Gordon, was the Dodgers’ fourth round pick in 2008. Gordon’s best tool is his plus-plus speed, as made evident by his 166 steals across four levels in 374 career minor league games.
His athleticism is “off the charts” according to Baseball America, and his “compact swing and plus bat-speed” give him the potential for four plus tools. He has exceptional range and above-average arm. However, his throws can be wild at times, making him prone to throwing errors. Gordon’s only shortcoming is his power, as he’s hit just seven HRs in 1,709 career minor league plate appearances.
The 23-year-old hit .299 in the minors, which includes a .315 batting clip in 220 plate appearances this season at Triple-A. The speedster has swiped 22 bases in 25 attempts. This is where his value lies for fantasy managers.
Gordon, the No. 26 prospect according to Baseball America, offers Juan Pierre upside and a Carlos Gomez floor. If he blossoms into the former, he’s a top-10 shortstop. If his bat falters, his stolen base potential will still provide value at a weak position.
Gordon is a must-add in keeper/dynasty formats and any 14-team leagues. Fantasy managers in 10 and 12-team leagues should monitor his production. If you’re desperate for steals, however, he’s worth a flier.
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