Up and Coming Royal: Alex Gordon

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:

AB R H RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG
486 111 158 101 72 113 .325 .427 .588

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.

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6 Responses to Up and Coming Royal: Alex Gordon

  1. Kurt says:

    Yah, and I was too successful in my keeper league to have any shot at supplemental drafting him this season I bet.

  2. Eric Jackson says:

    :) Now that is one addiction I’ve avoided thus far; Fantasy Baseball.

  3. Lissette says:

    If your guys are FAST, go for it. If they’re not or they’re borderline, don’t bohter. Like the Cards this year who never run because no one is remotely fast.Ricky Henderson led in all time caught stealing.

  4. evolved into says:

    The ability to think like that is always a joy to behold

  5. This could not possibly have been more helpful!

  6. Surprising to think of something like that

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