Scouting report on Dee Gordon
June, 8, 2011
By Jim Bowden | ESPN Insider
Dee Gordon, who was promoted Monday, is an exciting, acrobatic, athletic, flashy shortstop who can flat-out fly. The Dodgers selected Gordon in the fourth round of the June 2008 amateur draft, thanks to great scouting by Logan White, the Dodgers' assistant general manager of scouting, and his first-class scouting department. He is the son of former major league pitcher Tom “Flash” Gordon and has the same level of professionalism. He is a terrific person with an infectious makeup.
Gordon, who had three hits and a stolen base in his first major league start Tuesday, oozes quick-twitch muscles and actions. He has incredible vertical leaping ability, which makes up for his thin 5-foot-11 frame. Although he needs to work on jumps, secondary leads, reading pitches and finding better pitches to run on, Gordon still profiles as a top-of-the-order hitter who will steal 50 bases a season. Defensively, he has range to both sides with a strong arm. He will make some errors on routine balls, but with more experience, this problem should be rectified.