Thursday, December 23, 2010
Dee Gordon tearing up the Puerto Rican League
Dee Gordon Puerto Rican League offensive stats:
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB
33 144 26 52 4 6 1 13 71 5 15 8
CS OBP SLG AVG OPS
7 .396 .493 .361 .889
It looks like the kid is arriving. There has been talk over the years of converting him to play CF, but he has yet to play an inning there in three minor league seasons. The quality of competition in the Puerto Rican League is coming back since a restructuring of the league 2 years ago. Those stats have meaning. 144 ABs show a significant level of appearances. Gordon is 3rd in the batting title race. He leads the league runs scored, and he’s second in hits, total bases, and slugging percentage.
I can’t wait to see what Davey Lopes can do to improve this kid on the base paths. With 73 stolen bases at Single A Great Lakes and another 51 SBs in AA Chattanooga, tutoring from Lopes should help him with his pitcher reads and cut down on his caught stealing ratio. I see no internet reports on his fielding, which has always been a concern with 37 errors at short this past minor league season. Scouts report that many errors are what I call “errors of enthusiasm,” which occur because he gets to balls that many others don’t due to his speed.
Perhaps he’ll be ready to slide into shortstop in L.A. when Furcal becomes a free agent in 2012. Now, Ned just needs to keep the kid in the organization at the trade deadline and not trade him for an rent-a-player type such as Octavio Dotel.