Spring Training is well under way and the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted an intrasquad game on Sunday. Having baseball back in full swing is only a smidge more exciting than the news that the Dodgers’ speedster, Dee Gordon, led off the game with a home run off of teammate Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Gordon, a 25-year-old infielder from Florida, has always been known as a speedster with wheels for days but power for milliseconds. Listed at 5-11, 160 pounds in 2013, Gordon has always had a spindly frame but has been steadily putting on muscle as the years have gone by. Reports say that Gordon weighed in at Camelback Ranch with a weight of 175, a 15-pound increase that is not due to fat.
Whether Gordon upped his weight lifting regimen or started consuming a protein-packed diet, the added power will be great help to the speedster’s arsenal of weapons. Gordon has not slowed down any, so his extra oomph will allow him to hit the ball harder while still flying down the base paths with breakneck speed.
The Dodgers are testing out Gordon’s subpar throwing arm at shortstop by moving him over to second base. With all of the unanswered questions in the Dodgers’ four spot, if Gordon can improve his batting from the past two seasons and succeed at second base, he may very well find himself getting MLB at bats in 2014.
While he only hit .234 in 106 major league at bats with the Boys in Blue in 2013, Gordon’s speed helped him to a .314 on-base percentage. This extra power will likely raise both of those averages this upcoming season and make Gordon a legitimate threat for the future. Watch out for “Flash Gordon” to make a run and force manager Don Mattingly to call him up from the minors more readily.