Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that Dee Gordon has been taking grounders at second base at Triple-A, which makes sense considering Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis is hurt and Gordon’s defense at shortstop was pretty bad last year.
Dilbeck says it’s more of a long-term thing, rather than some reaction to Ellis’ quadriceps injury, but either way it could help Gordon get back to the majors. Of course, regardless of his position Gordon also needs to show that he can handle big-league pitching after hitting .220 with a .561 OPS in 87 games last season.
Gordon’s speed is truly elite–he has 56 steals in 143 games as a major leaguer despite rarely being on base–but the Dodgers need to figure out where he can play defensively and whether he can be more than a utility man-caliber hitter.
Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.
Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.
Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.
Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.