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?


5 responses »

  1. I think it’s been a big help that he’s been a part of the Royals organization and has had time to mature and grow. Expectations were huge and he just didn’t live up. In a bigger market or for a contending team, he may not have been given another shot. Another plus is KC’s strong farm system. There are now guys like Hosmer and Moustakas who are now expected to do what Gordon was supposed to, and that’s allowed him to sort of fade to the background and focus on playing and improving.

    Just my opinion from afar. Hopefully he’ll continue to improve and pit up solid numbers over the next few years.

  2. Joe L says:

    I think we expect players to be good right out of college or high school and we forget that some players take longer to mature than others. The strikeout rate is a bit troubling but considering how consistent he’s been all year I think this is the beginning of a solid career for him.

  3. Offy says:

    Gordon is a great story, but I think that Ellsbury has Comeback POY locked up. He’s in the running for MVP after missing almost all of last season with an injury.

    Hopefully Gordon can keep this up and fulfill the potential so many thought that he had.

  4. Javarius says:

    Ryan Vogelsong should be Comeback POY

  5. Nick R says:

    I think mike morse will be comeback player of the year.

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