There were a few young players who were recalled today, so let’s take a look at if they bring potential fantasy appeal or if they should be ignored in all formats:
Dee Gordon – Los Angeles Dodgers – Shortstop
With Rafael Furcal back on the DL the Dodgers decided to turn to one of their top prospects to replace him. At Triple-A this season he was hitting .315 with 0 HR, 18 RBI, 34 R and 22 SB. In 1,544 minor league at bats he has stolen 166 bases.
One of the things he needed to improve upon was his success rate, having been caught at least 20 times each of the previous two seasons. This year he was 22-for-25 on stolen base attempts, so at 23-years old you would have to say that was a success.
However, he brings no power to the table with a total of 7 HR, including 0 in the Pacific Coast League this season. He’s never had more than 17 doubles or 12 triples in a season either, so don’t look for any type of sudden improvement there. Sure, in the right situation and with his speed he could become a triples machine, but that is going to take some time.
To be a successful leadoff hitter he is going to need to learn how to draw more walks. While he hasn’t struck out an excessive number of times (30, which was a 15.00% strikeout rate), he has walked just 14 times (6.54% walk rate). That’s really just not going to cut it. He needs to be able to consistently get on base in order to fully utilize his speed.
With all that said, is he a viable option? In deeper formats, absolutely, but only if you are in need of some speed as it seems almost certain that he’s going to play regularly. If he can get himself on base he’ll be able to use his speed and score some runs, especially with Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp hitting behind him.
Scott Sizemore – Oakland Athletics
He was recently acquired from the Detroit Tigers and has now been brought up to takeover 3B duties from Kevin Kouzmanoff. His name is one that many fantasy owners already know, as he has been talked about as a potential impact 2B since the beginning of 2010.
He has failed to show his potential at the Major League level, and in fact he has seemed to struggle at Triple-A the past two seasons hitting a total of just 12 HR and 7 SB over 405 AB. However, he is the same player who hit 17 HR with 21 SB between two levels in 2009 (including 8 HR and 14 SB over 292 Triple-A at bats).
Is he a must add option at this point? Of course not, given what he’s shown over the past year plus, but he’s a name to keep filed in the back of your mind. That 20/20 potential doesn’t just go away so if he gets things going he is going to be a viable option in all formats, especially at a shallower 3B spot.
What are your thoughts on these two players? Are either fantasy viable? Why or why not?
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