Sunday, October 2, 2011
Sometimes players come in all sizes
Dodgers Rookie Phenom Dee Gordon made quite an impact on the Dodgers this season. The top ranked rookie made his major league debut for the Dodgers in 2011.
The 23 year old shortstop was drafted by The Dodgers in the 2008 draft as a fourth round pick. he came out of southeastern university seminole state college of florida. Dee who is the son of former major league pitcher Tom "flash" Gordon, was ranked in the top 50 prospects in the major leagues.
Gordon who began the year in AAA, was called up ahead of schedule due to an injury to Furcal.
Gordon appeared in his first game on June 6th as a pinch runner and scored a run. the next night he started his first game, and collected three hits, with his Father in attendance.
Gordon collects three hits in debut
in a game on july 1st against the Angels, Gordon stole second, third, and home in the same inning. the first player to do this since Jayson Werthless in 2009. also the first Dodger since Harvey Hendrick in 1928.
Gordon steals home
Dee was sent back down, but was recalled on july 31 after Furcal was traded to St. Louis. Gordon took over at starting shortstop and leadoff role. Gordon excelled in the second half of the season.
With his game changing speed, solid bat, and flashy defense, led Gordon to earn NL Rookie of the Month honors for September.
in his award winning Month, Gordon batted .372 with 14 multi hit games. Gordon stole 12 bases that month. after returning from a three week stint on the disabled list because of a sore shoulder, once healthy again Dee went on a 9 for 16 tear. Dee had a four hit game on sept. 8th, and finished with an 11 game hitting streak, and mutli hit performences in the final three games.
Dee bats left and throws right. he is listed as 5'11 and 150 pounds. however he looks more like hes 130. small and thin, Dee flys around the bases like nothing weve seen before. his amazing speed single handedly won games for the Dodgers. for example this game in Atlanta, where he scored the game winning run.
Gordon scores winning run in extra innings
In total Gordon finished the season batting .304 in 224 ABs. he stole 24 bases out of 31 attempts. he had a .325 OBP, with 68 hits, 34 runs scored, 9 doubles, and 2 triples. Gordon drove in 11 runs, and played in 56 games. Dee's 24 steals were tops among all rookies in the National League.
Gordon still has to work on his defense though. Dee has a -3 total runs zone rating and commited 10 errors. (ugghh I hate zone ratings)
Gordon is only 23 years old, and the skys the limit for this young flashy speedster. he runs like a track star, makes spectacular plays, and has a solid line drive bat. the starting shortstop job is his to lose next year. Dee gives alot of small guys hope, that they can make it too, despite their small stature.
were looking forward to seeing Dee at short, and at the top of the lineup for many years to come! congratulations Dee on a great first season!
Check back in with us soon, as we will have our DBF season in recap. until then have a great week and Go Blue!
Posted by format at 10:24 PM