Let’s talk about Terrance Gore for a minute. The Dodgers signed the speedster and base running specialist with one singular purpose in mind. That’s because the 28-year old outfielder is a terrible hitter. To be fair Gore only tallied no more than 5 plate appearances between 2014-2018 with the Royals and Cubs. In that time he recorded one hit. In 2019 the Royals gave him more of a look allowing him to collect 58 plate appearances in 37 games. He slashed .275/.362/.353 without hitting a home run and drove in only one run. He was just as terrible in the minor leagues, tallying just one home run, batting .237 and posting a .605 OPS over nine seasons.
So why did the Dodgers sign him? Because he runs the bases like Dee Gordon. If you remember the Dodgers used Gordon as a base running/pinch-runner specialist one year in the postseason. That’s how Gore would be deployed. After all he has swiped 40 out of 49 bags in the majors and has been successful in the minors as well. He stole 296 bases in the minors and was caught just 32 times.
He’s not a great outfielder either and doesn’t have much of an arm. The only way that Gore is going to crack the Dodger’s roster is by doing the one thing he’s in the majors to do; steal bases. Just how fast is Gore? According to the numbers Gore has a sprint speed of 30.9 feet per second ranking him as the fastest man in the game.
It’s a bit surprising to see the Dodger’s data driven front office make this move. Even though it’s only on a minor league deal (he’s out of options) with an invite to spring training, it means that maybe the front office is breaking from their usual strategies. Most baseball executives no longer value base running. Stealing bases, taking extra bases and base running in general seems to be a lost art in today’s modern baseball world. If the Dodgers do decide to carry Gore as the 26th man, you know why.