June 06, 2011
Finding a useful shortstop in the free agent pool of a deep fantasy league is — from what reliable rocket scientists have told me — much, much harder than actual rocket science. It's no simple trick to add elite speed at mid-season, either.
But on Monday, the the Dodgers promoted 23-year-old Dee Gordon(notes) from Triple-A Albuquerque, potentially satisfying both your need for a middle infielder and your need for steals. Gordon was batting .315/.361/.370 for the Isotopes, with 22 stolen bases in 25 attempts. Over his last 10 games he's hit .341 while going 6-for-6 on the base paths. (And yes, this is definitely a case where you can make noise about the PCL being a hitter's league. I'll concede the point. That .315 average barely gets him on the leaderboard).
There's no power here, and Gordon's on-base skills aren't exactly stellar — 14 walks in 220 plate appearances — but you can't question his wheels. He swiped 53 bags at Double-A in 2010, and 73 in the Midwest League in '09. Gordon will be an everyday player for LA in the near term, so playing time isn't a worry. The real fantasy concern is that he might be nothing more than Carlos Gomez(notes) with shortstop-eligibility.
Still, the position is a tough fill, and Gordon projects as a category specialist. Rafael Furcal(notes) is parked on the DL with an oblique injury, so he's out of the picture for a little while. Add Dee as needed.
Note: This is the first not-terrible news that my NL-only squad has received all year, so please offer only the most recklessly optimistic forecasts in comments. Thank you in advance for your compliance.
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