Oct 28, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon hits a RBI double against the New York Mets in the 8th inning in game two of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
8. Alex Gordon
Alex Gordon grew up a KC Royals fan in Nebraska, and the team made him the no. 2 overall draft choice in 2005 after he starred at Nebraska.
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Gordon was expected to become a big time major-league hitter. Many touted him as the next franchise savior since he played third base just like Hall-Of-Famer, and Kansas Ctiy Royals icon, George Brett.
Didn’t work that way. After struggling through four tough seasons at third base, the KC Royals converted him to left-field. Both his bat and glove came alive, and he’s been the best position player on the team ever since.
Alex Gordon hit a nifty .303/.376/.502 in 2011, with 23 home runs and 87 RBI’s. He won a gold glove for his defense in left, basically turning from a bust to star at age 27. Oddly enough, however, his real hallmark is defense. Alex Gordon is a very good, not great hitter. Even so, he’s still one of the best in franchise history.
In nine seasons with the Kansas City Royals, Gordo has slashed .269/.348/.435 with 134 home runs and a 112 OPS+ (12% better than league average). Alex Gordon is a guy that can help a team with his bat, glove, arm, and legs, including 81 stolen bases.
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