In just his second full month of receiving regular playing time, Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon was rewarded with the Gillette presents National League Rookie of the Month Award for September.
Gordon hit .372 during the month and recorded multi-hit performances in 14 of his 26 games. The 23-year-old also doubled his season total by stealing 12 bases to finish the season tied for the National League-lead among all rookies, despite playing in just 56 games.
Entering the month, Gordon hadn't played since sustaining a right shoulder contusion in an Aug. 9 contest. He returned from the disabled list with a vengeance on Sept. 1, though, recording a pair of hits to start a 9-for-16 four-game spurt.
The Dodgers' fourth-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft had a handful of highlights in the season's final month. Along with the quick start to the month, Gordon had a career-high four hits on Sept. 8 and soon followed with a career-best 11-game hitting streak from Sept. 13-24. He capped off the impressive month similar to the way he started it, finishing with three consecutive multi-hit games to end the season.
Gordon finished the season hitting .304 with 11 RBIs, nine double and two triples in 56 games.
Paul Casella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.