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Guerrero has put on a show with the bat thus far.
Guerrero’s predicament is obviously related to Gordon; if there weren’t such an apparently viable alternative, we likely would see Guerrero in the major leagues on Opening Day, regardless of his defensive shortcomings at second base. As it is, though, Dodger fans are keeping an eye on him as he transitions to the other side of the infield.
One question that we’re not supposed to have to worry about is his bat, and so far that has been borne out. Through March 6, his line is .294/.333/.471, and this was punctuated by a grand slam on March 5 versus the Reds.
The big question, obviously, is his defense. He spent his entire career in Cuba playing shortstop, so he has had to learn an entirely new position this offseason. Whether or not he can adequately manage second base will be the key determining factor of his major league impact.
His defense is being watched closely: Daniel Brim at Dodgers Digest put together a .gif recap of all of Guerrero’s chances that’s worth examining as we monitor the Cuban’s progress.