Kansas City Royals depth at left field

By Bandon Decker
Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals
John Rieger – US Presswire

The Kansas City Royals have one of the best outfields in the American League and left field is no exception. Not only do they have a gold glove winner playing every day, they have a wealth of talent to support him.

Alex Gordon – Originally a third baseman and then tried as a first baseman, Gordon has finally found a home in left field. He won the gold glove at that position last year whilst leading the major leagues in outfield assists. This year he was second in the majors in outfield assists behind only his teammate Jeff Francoeur. Is a strong candidate to repeat this year. He also hit .294 with a league leading 51 doubles. It was a good follow up to his breakout 2011 and as he is under contract through 2015 (with a club option for 2016) he will be in left field for some time.

Jarrod Dyson – Dyson, with his blazing speed, is more suited to centre field and is a candidate to play there everyday. But he can fill in at the corner outfield positions as well and has a good arm.

David Lough – Lough played mostly right field at AAA, but appeared in both right and left during his brief time at the major league club at the end of the season. If he is with the Royals out of Spring Training he would probably be in right for any games he started, but could provide a late replacement in left.

Jason Bourgeois – Bourgeois was acquired before the 2012 season by the Royals and filled the role of a fifth outfielder. He split time this year between AAA Omaha and Kansas City, but with quite a bit of time at the latter.

Derrick Robinson – Robinson was the everyday left fielder at AAA Omaha in 2012. With Lough and Bourgeois in front of him he is not likely to feature in Kansas City, but would be the one to benefit from a spate of injuries.

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