Royals news this off season has been dwarfed with talk of the signing of the ex-mariner Gil Meche to a 5-year $55M contract. Maybe rightfully so as that is a whole heck of a lot of money, especially for Kansas City. Much has also been made about who they spent the money on. But all that aside, one person hasn’t made much noise outside of KC and that is Alex Gordon. In KC he is already bordering on superstar.
Alex very possibly could make a larger impact on the Royals play than Gil Meche, if not in the pocketbook. Alex Gordon was the second pick overall in the 2005 draft and earned 2006 Minor League Player of the Year while playing for AA Wichita at 3B. He has shown tremendous talent hitting for average and good power as well. Below are his 2006 AA stats:
With the youth the KC has they already do have a third-baseman in Mark Teahan. Mark had a great season last year that KC hopes he can reproduce hitting .319 in July, .317 in August . He will likely be moved to fill an outfield role in favor of Gordon at third.
Tom Verducci’s article today also points out Alex Gordon as a pivotal player of the Royals this year.
This year is a tough year in the AL Central and if KC continues both fostering young talent and acquiring old it could get much tougher in the next few years. This year will be telling for KC and Alex will be a key player along with how their pitching comes along. Makes you wonder if this would be the reaction to Cameron Maybin coming into spring training if the Tigers had a year like KC last year. Glad we won’t have to find out.