With two full months of baseball now in the books, fantasy baseball team owners have an adequate sample size of games to effectively evaluate their teams.
Although some perennial All-Stars have yet to reach their strides, most owners now have an grasp of which statistical categories their respective team lacks. For owners who are in need of stolen base and run scoring help from the middle infield positions, newly promoted uber-prospect Dee Gordon may be worth targeting.
Gordon is the highest-ranked prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization according to Baseball America, and was named the 2009 prospect of the year after stealing 73 bases for the Great Lakes Loons. In 50 games this season with the Albuquerque Isotopes, Brown is batting .315 with 22 stolen bases in 25 attempts.
The two primary knocks on Gordon is he will provide little or no power for fantasy owners, and his less than stellar defense may aggravate Don Mattingly enough that he may opt to play the more-sure fielding Jaime Carroll. Despite these two shortcomings, there is no doubt that Gordon is a huge threat on the base paths and has the ability to be a game-changing player with his legs. He will also be a decent table setting player with a career .300 batting average in the minors.
Gordon is currently listed as the starting shortstop on the Dodgers’ official depth chart, filling in for the injured vet Rafael Furcal who was placed on the 15-day due to a pulled oblique muscle. Only time will tell if the Dodgers will demote Gordon when Furcal returns from the DL, however it is also possible that Gordon could replace the soft-hitting Aaron Miles at second base.
It may seem a little risky to some fantasy owners to use a roster spot on a rookie who has yet to secure a starting position, but I would argue that Gordon is worth the risk. He is lightning in a bottle and could be one of the top mid-season free-agent acquisitions of 2011. Perhaps the best comparison would be a young Juan Pierre at the shortstop position, with the ability to steal 50 bases and the bat control to hit .300.
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