24. Dee Gordon (9.2)
Dee Gordon is a 5-foot-11, 170 lb. second baseman from Windermere, FL. Born on April 22nd, 1988, he was initially chosen in the fourth round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Gordon is baseball royalty, son of Tom Gordon, more commonly known as “Flash” Gordon. A right-handed pitcher, Flash was 138-126 with 158 saves over 21 major league seasons. He had 1928 strikeouts in 2108 innings pitched.
Dee, who sometimes goes by “Flash Jr., or Varis Strange, worked his way up through the minors to make his major league debut with the Dodgers in 2011. He played four seasons on the left coast, making the all-star team for the first time in 2014 when he led the majors with 64 stolen bases.
After that year, the Dodgers traded Gordon along with Dan Haren and Miguel Rojas to the Marlins for Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher, Andrew Heaney, and Enrique Hernandez.
In his first season with Miami, Gordon made his second all-star team, again leading the majors in steals, with 58 while also topping everyone with 205 hits. His .333 average led the National League.
Dee slashed .333/.359/.418 with four homers and 46 RBI in his 145 games, while fielding at a .992 clip at second base in 2015. He was 13 DRS above average, the best mark of his career, while making only six errors in 1270 innings.
2016 would see Gordon serve an 80-game suspension for violation of the MLB drug program, due to a workout supplement. Despite the setback, Gordon still swiped 30 bags in just 79 games, while slashing .268/.305/.335 and providing more-or-less league average defense at second base. He also gave us a moment we’ll never forget in the Marlins first game after the untimely death of staff ace Jose Fernandez. This video is worth 10 minutes of your time, if you haven’t already seen it.
In 2017, Gordon appeared in 158 games and hit .308/.341/.375 with a pair of homers and 33 RBI. His 60 stolen bases led the NL, and he ranked three DRS above average at second base.
The Marlins traded Gordon to the Seattle Mariners following the 2017 season for Nick Neidert, Christopher Torres, and Robert Dugger. He’s played in 258 games for the Mariners, hitting .271/.295/.353 with 52 stolen bases.