No one expected Dee Gordon to win the starting job at second base, much less have the season he did. Gordon entered Spring Training in a competition at second against heavy favorite Alex Guerrero, among others.
Gordon showed improvement at the plate and his range as a natural shortstop provided for a strong glove at the other middle infield position. After playing no more than 87 games in any of his first three seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Gordon came into his own as the team’s starting second baseman.
Gordon raised his numbers on offense hitting .298 with two home runs, 34 RBIs and an MLB-best 12 triples. He also led the Majors with 64 stolen bases and was named an All-Star for the first time in his career.
With Gordon batting at the top of the lineup, the Dodgers had a threat in their leadoff hitter that had been absent in recent years.
Gordon’s high point of the season was being selected to his first career All-Star Game. Gordon entered the game as a pinch-runner and scored from first base on a Justin Lucroy double.
Gordon went 0-for-1 but flashed a strong glove and range with a diving stop to rob Michael Brantley of a base hit on a ball hit in the 3/4 hole.
The Dodgers will hope for more of the same from Gordon in 2015. He’s essentially a lock at second base will likely retain his role as the leadoff hitter as well. One area where Gordon may need to improve in is maintaining his batting average and on-base percentage as the season wears on.
Being that 2014 was the first time Gordon played as a full-time starter, he appeared to become a bit fatigued towards the latter stages of the year.