His Dad was Flash Gordon, but the nickname “Flash” is far more appropriate for Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon.
Dee Gordon’s rookie season in the MLB has been a tale of two mini-seasons.
Dee Gordon got the call when Rafael Furcal went on the DL and his initial debut in the Majors was less than spectacular. Gordon struggled and sometimes appeared over-matched by Major League pitching. There was no denying his speed, however.
Then, Gordon suffered an injury of his own. He got hurt diving into Diamondbacks’ second baseman Kelly Johnson at the end of a rundown. At 150 pounds, its not hard to see how Gordon got hurt in a collision. Gordon was placed on the DL on August 12 with a bruised right shoulder. On the day he hit the DL, he was hitting .234 with five RBI and 12 stolen bases in 30 games.
If you are 23 years old and have never previously been injured, a few weeks on the disabled list can feel like a long time.
“The longest time in the history of life,” Dee Gordon said.
In his return from his three-week exile on September 1, the rookie shortstop was two for five with a two-run double and a run scored in the Dodgers’ 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. And, he’s been hot ever since. Gordon is hitting .378 in September and .458 over the past 7 days. Gordon has brought his season average up to .289 and he has a stunning 22 stolen bases in just 48 games played.
A Top Fantasy Baseball Shortstop for 2012
Fantasy Baseball Outlook: Dee Gordon — Dee Gordon is definitely recommended in all formats right now and should provide you with some great speed down the stretch. Dee Gordon is Nyjer Morgan without the big mouth. With a strong showing here at the end of the season, Gordon should own the shortstop gig heading into 2012, where he’ll be a solid option for speed in the infield. Gordon is also a possibility to lead the league in stolen bases so he’s going to be a strong addition to your 2012 fantasy baseball team.