Dee Gordon has taken his opportunity at second base this season and made the most of it thus far, hitting .394 and stealing four bases in eight starts at the spot.
He is currently in a platoon with Justin Turner at second, although Gordon has received eight of the 10 starts because of right-handed starting pitchers. Manager Don Mattingly has expressed his desire for Gordon to take over the spot and now another Dodger is in the 25-year-old’s corner.
According to Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider, veteran Chone Figgins has been advising Gordon this season:
At this point in time, when I talk to him, I talk to him about you need to make that your top priority, getting outs over there (at second base). You haven’t been there long enough to worry about feet placement, how you do this and how you do that. The main goal is to get outs. He’s done a lot better job of catching the ball and throwing it.
Figgins added that Gordon should concentrate on second base for now, rather than concern himself with other positions. The speedster worked on his outfield skills this off-season in a pair of winter leagues, in order to give him a better chance to make the team out of the spring. An injury and lack of reps at second base for Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero left an opening at second base for the Dodgers and Gordon used the spring to win the job. If he continues his success, he will likely take over the everyday role, placing Turner back in his role off the bench.
Early in his career, Figgins earned his way on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with his versatility and speed, much like Gordon was attempting to do this past off-season. Figgins then established himself as an everyday player, much like Gordon is currently doing. As the season progresses, Figgins should continue to mentor the young infielder and help him sustain his success.
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