Dee Gordon is not afraid to get his uniform dirty.
On a nightly basis, Gordon is notably active on the base paths and has proven to be a valuable second baseman defensively. He has the makeup of a utility player but his offensive production and ability to range to both his left and right quickly suggest otherwise.
Miami has lacked stability at second base since the club traded Dan Uggla to the Braves. Omar Infante was a short term solution, and while the Marlins do not have a ton of minor league infield depth, the organization does have some. When Gordon was out with a thumb injury, both Miguel Rojas and Martin Prado received playing time at second base.
When the Marlins acquired Gordon from the Dodgers last winter, they were confident he would be a quality leadoff hitter and threat on the base paths. He has proven to be just that, posting a .325/.346/.399 batting line in addition to one home run and 28 RBIs. Gordon has also stolen 34 bases in 2015, and if he even gets close to his 2014 total of 64, the Marlins will likely be pleased.
In an ideal situation, Gordon bats in the lead off spot in front of several productive middle of the order bats. Giancarlo Stanton has been out with a hand injury, though, and the Marlins have had difficulty scoring runs consistently. Gordon is expected to be the Marlins' lead off hitter again in 2016 and once the Marlins add additional offense behind him, he might prove to be even more valuable.
Gordon, 27, batted .289 and drove in 34 runs with the Dodgers last season. The Marlins have not had a speedy hitter at the top of their order since Emilio Bonifacio. Both Bonifacio and Gordon have something in common: They have both hit inside the park home runs with the Marlins.
Although Gordon might not hit it out of the ballpark all the time, he hits the ball in all directions. And sometimes, it does not have to leave the infield:
When he is not sliding into first base or adding an RBI, Gordon goes out of his way to make a plus play at second base:
And, of course, he can steal bases pretty well, too:
Gordon has proven to be valuable in 2015. He is not afraid to get his jersey dirty, either.
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