For the record, I used to be a BIG Dee Gordon fan. He’s a good kid, respectful and well-liked by both subordinates, coaches and his elders. While I still like the kid, I no longer think he will be an impact player in the Major Leagues. I am not a hater of Dee Gordon, just no longer a registered card-carrying believer! AND, I hope I am wrong. His career success rate at stealing bases in the minor leagues is 77% and his career minor league fielding percentage is .936. Co-incidentally, his major league stolen base percentage is also 77% – not great for a slight built guy with his speed. Matt Kemp’s stolen base percentage is 74%.
I made this little chart for your reading pleasure. I have compared two players who had different skills but who posted some decent numbers from rookie ball up through A, AA and AAA (at Albquerque, so I discount AAA somewhat). Hitting in the minors often tells you nothing about a players ability once the league catches up to his holes.
Player A is Flash Gordon’s son, D-Flash. I’ll tell you who Player B is in a minute. As I mentioned, I put little stock into his age 23 stats because it was mostly at AAA Albuquacky. It could be argued that Player B showed greater promise by putting up better numbers in the Southern League, which is a huge pitchers’ league. Also, Player B did not have the luxury of speed to burn, which we all know gets D-Flash some extra hits. OK, I’ll go ahead and tell you who Player B was: Delywn Young. How did that work out?
I’m sorry, but I just don’t see a difference maker in Dee and changing positions to 2B, I think would be out of the question unless he was a can’t miss hitting prospect. I have thrown in my mental towel on Dee Gordon. If he fulfills his promise, then I shall be impressed. If not, I’ve already moved on.