Well his stint last year shows hes capable of much better numbers than he has right now. (not to mention wayyy better numbers in the minors)
Im not worried about that.
Im hoping that at 24 he can find more confidence at fielding...not so jittery.
"...this guy is a diamond in the rough I think...."
I truely hope so.
"...Well his stint last year shows hes capable of much better numbers than he has right now. (not to mention wayyy better numbers in the minors)..."
But, but let's face it: if he flamed out, he wouldn't be the first guy to show tons of potential only to never realize it.
Either way, I'm all for giving the guy a fair chance. I just hope he finds his groove.
He is very aggressive at the plate and he also swings like a hr hitter and not a contact hitter. I think he should learn to slap at the ball more and swing more leveled.
If he continues to not get on base as much than I would like to Sellers given more of a chance and maybe see Dee do some pinch running later in games.
<< He shows flashes of brilliance at SS >>
You must be speaking of Flesh Gordon not our SS
I like him too. He's a phenomenal athlete. Considering his quickness & range, his athletic ability and a pretty decent albeit unorthodox arm, I believe he will become at least an above average shortstop and maybe a really good one. He's been a good hitter for average on his way up so the possibility exists that he will rise to that level in the bigs. With his speed one would think that he just has to make contact and spray that ball around a little. Throw in a steady ration of bunts and push bunts to keep the defense in tight and his OBP should be pretty fair. And that's when his real job starts - to score runs.
I was at the game at Petco when the kid 3 stolen bases. I was sitting right at first base. When Gordon stole 2B in the first inning, Lopes strolled over to the first base umpire and showed him his stopwatch while shaking his head. Like this kid has speed like maybe we haven't seen before in a Dodger uniform.
He appears to have some mental fortitude and being the son of a big leaguer tends often seems to eliminate some of the intimidation that the Bigs pose to most young players. I think he is a hard working, heady young athlete who will learn how to adjust and succeed.
Because he appears ready to take on the adversities inherent to playing MLB, he probably doesn't have as much to gain as he does playing under the tutelage of Coach Lopes or to a lesser extent but probably still impactful from Maury Wills. He also has Ellis hitting second and what a fine 2-spot hitter Ellis is. He knows his primary job is to facilitate Gordon getting to 3rd in his at bat for Kemp et al to knock in. It's a good system and I think young Dee will fluorish.
I'm not smart enough to know if he can stay healthy or whether MLB pitchers or managers will figure out how to pitch him and/or align the defense to keep him off the bases. But if they don't and he can stay on the field, he could become a run scoring machine. And that's half the battle.
Well we do have better SS's...in that we have guys who are actually better fielders than Gordon.
I think Gordon has the potential to be a really good SS...but he messes up wayyy more than he should. He'll have lots of errrors.
Having said that, i agree id rather him leading the lineup than any of our other SS's, thats for sure. Which is why hes playing SS!
>>>But, but let's face it: if he flamed out, he wouldn't be the first guy to show tons of potential only to never realize it.<<<
True...but most guys who are consistently good in the minors and flame out in the MLB are pretty bad out of the gate.
Gordon hit .304 BA and .363 OBP in his first 50 MLB games. Thats impressive for a rookie. And he hit better his second half than his first.
I have no reason to believe he will be a .240 BA .290 OBP for this year like he is in April.
But hey, sophmore slump i guess they call it :p He seems too committed to let that happen though
Really mutts, 50 errors? How many times did Gordon have 50 errors in the minors? Are groundballs somehow easier to catch in the minors? Throws easier to make? I think guys have more errors in the minors than they do in the majors because of field conditions and because they learn to play the position.
Derek Jeter had 56 errors one year in the minors, but Dee Gordon . . . . . I don't think so.
You'd have more credibility if you would back off the exaggeration and hyperbole, like Strasburg and Kershaw the "greatest match-up of all-time".
"Well his stint last year shows hes capable of much better numbers than he has right now. (not to mention wayyy better numbers in the minors)"
In the same way that Loney showed he could do better in him first stint with the club? The question is not how you do when you are first called up, but how you handle it when pitchers start adjusting to you. We will see if Gordon can make the adjustments.