There aren’t many holes along the Los Angeles Dodgers roster, but one of them is along the infield. The departures of Mark Ellis, Jerry Hairston Jr., Nick Punto and Skip Schumkaer has left Dodgers GM Ned Colletti searching for another infielder with just 11 days before the first full squad spring workout.
Chone Figgins was signed to a minor league deal, but incumbents Dee Gordon, Justin Sellers and Miguel Rojas will all compete for a bench spot or a chance to unseat Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero for the starting second base spot. Of interest to many is Gordon, who came through the Dodgers system as a shortstop, but is trying to make himself into a utility player.
Just 25-years-old, Gordon played for two different teams in Winter Ball while playing second base and the outfield. While he’s had multiple stints at the big league level, poor defense and an inability to get on-base has stalled his progress as an everyday player. At Fan Fest on Saturday, it was revealed that “Flash Jr” bulked up during the off-season as he tries to win one of the last spots on the roster.
Gordon conducted an interview with MLB Network Radio and discussed how he’s preparing for the 2014 season. Among things discussed were his love for bunting, wanting to steal third base more and what he worked on at Triple A last season.
Here’s part of the interview from tonight: