What are people's thoughts on Alex's first 7 games in Omaha? His position switch seems to have been going okay--reports haven't been glowing, but they've suggested he'll handle LF fine. Offensively, I'm not sure whether the results have been positive or negative. When Gordon was sent down, Moore and Hillman talked about him needing to get his timing back at the plate after missing all of spring training. Well, their concerns about his timing seem to have basis in fact; in his the 26 ABs Gordon's accumulated so far, he's struck out a ridiculous 10 times. That's the negative, but it's only half the story. With a K% near 40%, it's typically hard to do anything offensively, but somehow, Gordon's overcome the strikeouts to punch up a .269/.387/.654 line for a 1.041 OPS.
So should we be encouraged or discouraged so far? In a very small sample size, it's such a weird data collection that you can really go either way. Personally, I'm leaning more toward the concerned end of the spectrum. He's only put the ball in play 16 times, and out of those, 3 of them left the ballpark for HR's. With 3 of his 7 hits being HR's, they're not only boosting his slugging percentage, but they're also a core component of his BA and OBP. Sure, you have to like the power, but there's no way he'll keep up that kind of HR rate, so he's going to have to figure out how to essentially halve his K%. Hopefully, he just needs another week or two to regain his Timing, but until then, I'll be paying close attention to his K%.