Alex Gordon, Post Hype Sleeper?

Much was expected from Alex Gordon after being taken second in the 2005 MLB draft but after four disappointing big league seasons he just may put in together.

Analysis: There was a time in baseball a handful of years ago when the big debate was who was the best prospect, Alex Gordon or 2003 top pick Delmon Young. It took Young a change of scenery and five seasons to put together a really solid year and it may be the case for Alex Gordon in his fifth year. Gordon has been tagged with the 4-A label, a guy too good for the minors but just cannot get it done in the bigs. This year, however, Gordon has looked very impressive batting third in an underrated Royals lineup. Gordon is never going to take tons of walks or strikeout less than 20% of the time but he does possess some lightning quick wrists and extremely fast bat speed. Thus far this year in four games Gordon has six hits, two doubles with four runs. This should come as no surprise due to the productive spring Gordon had as he hit .343 with six bombs in 70 AB. The third spot in the batting order just may be what he needs at this point in his career to be the most productive player he can be.

Projection: He’s only owned in less than ten percent of leagues so you don’t have to pick him up now but he does have the chance to put up some solid numbers this year. If he can stay healthy expect 20 HR, 10-12 SB, a .270 AVG with the potential for more.

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