(Matt Snyder CBSSports.com) — The Dodgers made a bevy of roster moves Monday, but the biggest one was the promotion of prospect Dee Gordon. Not only was Gordon called to the bigs for the first time in his career, but he was promoted all the way up to being the Dodgers everyday shortstop (LA Times via Twitter).
Gordon’s been a top-50 prospect for the past two seasons and is the son of former major-league pitcher Tom Gordon. He was hitting .315 with seven doubles, two triples, 18 RBI, 34 runs and 22 steals in 50 Triple-A games before getting the call. He’s slender and has little power, but also possesses the ability to get on base and make things happen on the basepaths. He stole 73 bases in Class A in 2009 and 53 bases in Double-A last year.
The other moves the Dodgers made Monday: Option Ivan DeJesus Jr. and John Ely back to Triple-A, designate Jay Gibbons and Juan Castro for assignment and will reportedly activate Juan Uribe, Marcus Thames and Blake Hawksworth (Los Angeles Times).
Struggling youngster Jerry Sands held his roster spot, so it appears the Dodgers are making a concerted effort to get some youth on the diamond.