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Dodgers call up Dee Gordon

Jun 6, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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The last we heard from Dodgers’ shortstop prospect Dee Gordon, he was scoring from first base on a bunt.  That was pretty special. Also special: the Dodgers called him up this afternoon.

Gordon, the son of Tom “Flash” Gordon and the Dodgers’ top prospect by most experts’ reckoning,  is as fast as they come. He stole 166 bases in 347 minor league games.  He is reputed to have great range at short as well, though he’s far from sure-handed. He made 37 errors at Double-A in 2010. He already has 11 at Triple-A this year.

Gordon’s batting line is .315/.361/.370.  No power to speak of, even at the altitude of Albuquerque, but he gets on base. As a lefty burner, I’m assuming a bunch of those were infield hits.

Gordon’s callup corresponds with a flurry of other Dodgers moves today: Jay Gibbons and Juan Castro were designated for assignment; Marcus Thames and Blake Hawksworth were activated from the disabled list and Ivan DeJesus Jr. was optioned to Triple-A.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 6, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Wonder if this means the end of Furcal?

    • dodger88 - Jun 6, 2011 at 5:12 PM

      Furcal won’t be back bext season; if he can somehow get healthy SS is his position for this year but Gordon is the best bet they have for the future. I just hope they play him everyday for the next month or so to see how he handles himself. There will be growing pains, much like with Sands, but I’d rather he get at bats than one of the aging reserve types.

  2. wlschneider09 - Jun 6, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Suspicious looking glove, I wonder if he ends up in the OF.

  3. bigoz71 - Jun 6, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    His value is in the middle infield. It goes way down with a move to the outfield.

    • wlschneider09 - Jun 6, 2011 at 6:41 PM

      Agreed, but that’s a pretty ugly fielding line. Haven’t seen the kid play, but he smacks of BJ Upton there.

      • tolbuck - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:49 AM

        I saw quite a bit of him in ’09 when he was in A ball. He would make some difficult plays look routine but then would botch a simple play. It left me wondering if a lot of his defensive problems were concentration related.

  4. Charles Gates - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Marcus Thames was activated from the DL. Remember when ‘how to pronounce his last name’ was the biggest story in Dodger Land?

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