At the end of last year, there were a lot of people that felt that Alex Gordon’s career was over before it even started. I’m not going to lie, I seriously thought that the guy was done. I mean when you fail in Kansas City, that’s about the bottom rung of failure. It’s not like a change of scenery is going to help, there may not be a less stressful city to play in.
That’s why this season could have been the end for him. He already was moved from his natural position of third base to the outfield, he was demoted a few times and it was always the same thing, dominate the minors, struggle in the majors. This year though he came through in a big way. So far this season he is batting 0.304/14/58 this season, a far cry from last year’s 0.215 batting average.
It’s not all rainbows and unicorns though, he is a top ten in the majors in strikeouts which can be a serious problem. I think he is going to be a perennial 0.300 hitter who can hit 25 homers and drive in 80 runs. I think if he can do that, there is a nice home for him in KC for the next 10 years. His cards are slowly making a comeback. They were at their lowest after last season, when you could have his autograph for between $3-$8. Now however, his cards are seeing a nice spring in value. You are going to have to pony up $15-$25 for a certified autograph now.
So the question is . . . Is Alex back? Or is this just a mirage?