Alex Gordon was drafted by the Royals in 2005 with the second pick overall, and made his MLB debut in KC on April 2, 2007, one month before Billy Butler. That makes him the most senior member of the current team.
As many fans will remember, Gordon struggled mightily as a young’n. Initially considered a 3rd baseman, many expected Gordon to be the team’s "new George Brett." Whether or not that undue pressure had anything to do with his early struggles is anyone’s guess, but eventually, by 2010, he was sent to Omaha to learn the outfield, where they thought maybe he wouldn’t feel as much pressure from fans and club insiders. I guess it worked…
For the past 2+ seasons, this one included, Gordon has been by far the best player on the team. He is known to slump from time to time, but he’s far and away the most well-rounded, consistent, and durable.
As I sit here, Alex leads the team in runs scored, hits, doubles (tied with Hosmer), home runs (tied with Salvy), RBI, walks, OBP, SLG, and OPS. His average is just barely lower than Escobar’s. He’s a virtual lock for his 4th consecutive Gold Glove, and is on pace for 6.0 fWAR. These numbers make Gordon as valuable as guys like Mike Trout and Jose Bautista, but you'd never know it.
Gordon is not currently listed among the 15 outfielder’s leading the vote for this years All-Star game. That is insane to me. Leading the pack is Melky Cabrera. Alex Gordon is probably…I don’t know…8 times better than Melky Cabrera is, and his numbers prove it. Gordon was voted in by the players/coaches last year, which shows that the league respects him, but he’s still largely unknown among baseball fans outside of Kansas City.
Hopefully already being an All-Star will help him make the team again this year. If it doesn't, and he isn’t out there representing KC in mid-July, then it will ultimately render the whole thing meaningless.
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