It only took David DeJesus dislodging his thumb in a nearly catastrophic
way, but, yeah, Alex Gordon is finally back in the Majors with the Royals.
Get out the chips and guac — this could be big!
Wait, actually, put them back. Before we get too excited,
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft
and the 2006 Baseball American Minor League Player of the Year, Gordon started
off the season as the Royals’ starting third baseman after a few injury-plagued
and lackluster years in the bigs.
The 2010 campaign didn’t start out so hot for Gordon, as the
26-year-old hit .194 (6-for-31) with a double, home run, RBI and 5 runs scored
in 12 games for the Royals before getting demoted to Omaha.
And when Gordon gets demoted to Omaha, Gordon gets mad. And
when Gordon gets mad, pitchers get obliterated.
Since his demotion into Counting Crows Country, Gordon shifted to the outfield and hit .315
(82-for-260) with 20 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs, 44 RBI and 59 runs
scored over 59 games.
Hey, quit doodling his name on your binder, I’m not done
Those numbers translate into a stellar .315/.442/.577
triple-slash, and, yes, that’s really a .442 OBP, and, yes, at this point I
just want to see how many commas I can fit into one sentence.
In all seriousness, Gordon deserves legit consideration even
in shallow mixed leagues. Crazier things have happened than a former blue-chip
prospect finally figuring it out at the age of 26.
Just don’t tell Brandon Wood that.