After being selected 2nd overall by Kansas City in the 2005 draft, Royals Nation has been waiting to see the Alex Gordon that lit up college pitching while at Nebraska. We could be starting to see some of it now.
After a rough start to his major league career, you can say Gordon is a candidate to make the All-Star team. He is hitting at a .287 clip, with 9 homers and 43 RBI. He is also in the top 10 of the American League in hits with 83 and tied for 4th with 21 doubles. Who would have imagined this happening a year ago?
Coming out of college, Gordon was rated the top draft prospect by Baseball America. He garnered several awards while wearing the Cornhuskers uniform. There was plenty of excitement surrounding Gordon after the Royals drafted him, with comparisons popping up all over the place to one of my idols growing up, Hall Of Famer George Brett.
Gordon struggled in the majors after being brought up, likely too early, in 2007. Over the last couple of years, he spent time on the disabled list and shuffled back and forth to the minors. But things seemed to have changed after being sent down last year.
While playing at Omaha, Gordon switched from 3rd base to left field. The position switch not only worked for Gordon in the field, but at the plate as well. Glimpses of the phenom the Royals had banked on began to show.
Projected to hit 3rd in the line-up, Gordon has been in the lead-off spot most of this year. His speed and agility, along with a better approach at the plate, has allowed this transition to be successful. Gordon still has problems with strikeouts, but nothing like in years past.
Gordon is still young and learning. But if the first half of this season is any indication, the future still appears bright for the prospect that many began to write off.
Written by C. James