Jul 5, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) makes a diving catch against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
In his age-31 season, Alex Gordon earns his third straight All-Star bid as well as his first election by fans this season.
Gordon is hitting .262/.380/.431, with 12 doubles, 10 home runs, and 33 RBI’s. Alex Gordon has been a steady stick at the plate in 2015.
However, his true excellence comes in the field. Alex Gordon has won four straight Gold Gloves in a row in left field, and also earned a Platinum Glove in 2014 as the best fielder in all of the American League.
Gordon has continued to entertain fans with spectacular plays in left. He leads all left fielders in major league baseball with a 8.9 Ultimate Zone Rating, ranks third with 4 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS), and ranks first in Fangrasphs.com’s DEF rating at 5.6.
Gordon also meets the eye test with plays like this:
Along with his many plays with the glove, Alex Gordon intimidates baserunners with his arm. He leads all of major league baseball with 65 outfield assists since 2011, 15 more than his next highest competitor Gerardo Parra.
While Gordon only has three outfield assists in 2015, it’s because American League runners have learned not to challenge his arm.
Alex Gordon is in his 9th season in Kansas City, which makes him the longest-tenured player on the roster. He is in the final year of his contract and is eligible for free-agency after the 2015 season.
Enjoy him while you can Royals fans, 2015 might be Alex Gordon’s last year in Kansas City.