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Dodgers may move Dee Gordon to second base

May 2, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that Dee Gordon has been taking grounders at second base at Triple-A, which makes sense considering Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis is hurt and Gordon’s defense at shortstop was pretty bad last year.

Dilbeck says it’s more of a long-term thing, rather than some reaction to Ellis’ quadriceps injury, but either way it could help Gordon get back to the majors. Of course, regardless of his position Gordon also needs to show that he can handle big-league pitching after hitting .220 with a .561 OPS in 87 games last season.

Gordon’s speed is truly elite–he has 56 steals in 143 games as a major leaguer despite rarely being on base–but the Dodgers need to figure out where he can play defensively and whether he can be more than a utility man-caliber hitter.

  1. senioreditor2 - May 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Can’t hit, won’t play. I’ve seen this movie and it doesn’t have a good ending.

    • abaird2012 - May 2, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Major League IV?

  2. elmo - May 2, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    I’d like to see him succeed, if for no other reason than the fact that his name is an anagram for “One Dodger.”

  3. losanginsight - May 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    .302/.368/.417 wth 12 of 14 SB.
    Dee is ready to play ball.

    • paperlions - May 2, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      No, he isn’t. The Dodger AAA team is in Albuquerque, which has the most hitter friendly park in a hitter friendly league. Within context of the league, his starts are nothing worth noting. He has only the 7th best hitting stats among position players on that team.

      He really can’t hit enough to play at SS, but he can’t field that position….so, he really isn’t anything more than a PR.

  4. insidefastball - May 3, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Changing positions won’t magically transform him into a major league hitter.

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