What a difference 18 months makes.
Back in May of 2010, Alex Gordon was jettisoned to Omaha to learn left field. After coming up through the minors as a College Baseball Player of the Year and 2006′s Minor League Player of the Year as a third baseman, the demotion and position shift seemed like a last ditch effort before giving up on the second overall pick in 2005.
Now, Alex Gordon has a Gold Glove for his mantle, but not at third.
I guess the shift to the outfield was a good idea.
We covered the numbers behind the Gold Glove finalists earlier today so we don’t have to rehash those now. Gordon won the Gold Glove in left field after leading the majors in assists and putting up a .991 fielding percentage. Jeff Francoeur, a finalist in right field, did not win his second Gold Glove award, as Nick Markakis of Baltimore earned it over him.
Gordon’s award is the first of his career and the first Royals Gold Glove since Mark Grudzielanek in 2006.