Is Dee Gordon Ready? Yasiel Puig Sure Isn’t

gordon_sanfran_2013-05-04It isn’t the first time that Chad Moriyama pumps out an idea before I can get around to it, and it won’t be the last. Dee Gordon is absolutely everything we thought he would be, and I mean as both a positive and a negative. He’s showing patience. He’s making mistakes on the basepaths. He’s scoring runs that potentially no other player in the game could manage. He’s getting to balls; he’s bobbling balls. He’s everything, and he’s nothing.

Chad goes into this in great detail, complete with GIFs, and it’s more than worth your time to read through. I couldn’t agree more with his conclusion:

Flaws and all, fans understandably tend to side with Dee because of the “wow” moments he brings to the table, stuff that guys with less raw talent simply can’t even fathom doing. Dee is made for mind-blowing bursts of speed and flair that lead to extreme excitement, but he often follows that with the lulls of fundamental inadequacy and lack of baseball skills, which is the part people tend to gloss over too easily.

My point? For all that highs and lows so far, his WAR on the year is 0. There’s probably not much more fitting a grade than that.

Now, since he’s getting time at short rather than the decidedly sub-replacement Justin Sellers & Luis Cruz, perhaps that’s good enough. (And forgive me for actually using WAR at this ridiculously early point in the season, but it’s merely part of the larger point.) But I really do think Chad is dead-on there. When Gordon makes a jaw-dropping play that no one else can do, that’s the highlight you remember; that’s what sticks with you when you wonder why he’s not treated as a star. That’s always going to stand out over the bobbled ball that costs a double play and may not even lead directly to a run, but it shouldn’t; baseball doesn’t work that way.

So far, so good for Gordon, because even being a replacement-level player is a big upgrade over the mess we saw last year, and I can’t lie that the fan in me loves watching the great things he can do. Still, if he’s going to prove that he deserves to stick around and possibly even shift Hanley Ramirez to third at some point, the boring, unexciting everyday skills have to improve.

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As for the other player — not you, Scott Van Slyke — that fans have been demanding to see? I’ve been saying all along that Yasiel Puig isn’t ready, and today we have further evidence. Bill Shaikin alerted us the other day that Puig tossed his bat after getting called out on strikes, and I hardly have to remind you that bat-tossing has been an ongoing issue for him.

Shaikin came upon that report based on a tweet from Mike Newman of FanGraphs and the excellent RotoScouting.com — subscribe now, because he’s based near Chattanooga and sees & reports on tons of Lookouts games — and Newman’s been kind enough to provide video of yet another Puig incident.

I know that many people say, “so what? As long as he’s hitting, that’s all that matters.” But it’s really not. These continued antics will either lead to a fastball to the teeth or him getting ejected 40% of the time, and trust me when I say that the front office is keenly aware of this kind of behavior. (He’s also in a bit of a slump, hitting .205/.271/.455 over his last ten games.) As we’ve discussed, “being ready” isn’t just about hitting the curveball.

586 comments
nwh2787
nwh2787

Well wait a minute, didn't a week ago we saw a 20 year old Bryce Harper throw his bat after a call from the umpire? I mean I am not condoning it's obviously a maturity issue and it's ridiculous that theses players are acting this way but this can always be resolved. Baseball is a business as well and I am pretty sure regardless who they are, there reminded not do that. Manager's job is to tell the players what to do like any type business whether it is baseball, a restaurant, etc. So really it's not a big issue. I think Puig will be up in the majors if the Dodgers decide to trade Ethier or Crawford to save money in the outfield. My opinion is that they will keep Crawford but will drop Ethier even though they committed to Ethier long term. Or if Ethier does slump they will have to trade Crawford because of the high value stock Crawford has obtain after a stellar hot start so far in 2013. The Dodgers also have Joc Pederson, whom I am surprised was not talked about in this article is actually hitting and playing better then Puig himself and he doesn't throw his bat. 

bigblue22
bigblue22

thats nothing, get puig up here cuz god knows sellers, and schumaker are trash. and although cruz has been awful, at leasy we know he can do something because he was fine last year. but Dee is the man. straight up. if he gets sent back down when Hanley comes back, im gonna lose it. the depth chart should be: C: A.J. Ellis, 1B: Gonzo, 2B: Mark Ellis, SS: Gordon, 3B: Hanley, LF: Crawford, CF: Kemp, RF: Ethier. But if i lose Dee and have to see bums like sellers and schumaker on the team, so help me god....

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

I CAN'T PLAY THIS GAME ON MY PHONE ON BART NONONONONO IM GONNA DIE OF BOREDOM! HOW AM I GOING TO MANAGE THIS LACK OF GEOGUESSR?!?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

It's Sue Falsone's fault that Corey Seager pulled his hammy.

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

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Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Oy I was just dropped off to go through post-tsunami Northern coastal Japan. That was sad.

efb
efb

Puig was HBP today, Mike called it

Chad Moriyama
Chad Moriyama

@DKDodgers It's not a big deal, but it's what really matters as far as "makeup" is concerned. Makeup is not about being a good person (which is why "Bryce Harper is a douche" criticism is invalid, baseball-wise), it's about how you handle adversity and things of that nature. Reacting like this is just idiotic. Even Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier have had to learn to bite their tongue.

Makeup is a legit concern, because there's a lot more going on at the MLB level, and the last thing you want to worry about is whether a guy is going to go Milton Bradley.

Morry
Morry

18% alcohol?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Strikeout/wild pitch, two steals, and a balk.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@DBrim Sue Falsone has no responsibilities and should not be held accountable for anything whatsoever. 

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@efb I wish they would hurr up and get it over with Pound the kid til he stops showing guys and umpires up that's the only way he will ever learn and knock it off

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@efb Just Northeast of Los angeles!

You came within 3.4km for 3068points

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

@efb I've always wondered, if the people who feed Vin the little factoids about the players were to just totally make something up, once Vin says it, it's a fact right?