No one in the MLB had more doubles last season than Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, who had a career-high 51. The Royals are not exactly the class of the American League; however, Gordon is drawing plenty of attention from across the league with his knack for the big play.
At age 28, Gordon has been somewhat of a late bloomer but, he has bloomed in a big way with two gold gloves in the last two seasons. In addition to Gordon’s play making ability in the field, he has been exceptionally special in the batters box these last years, with nearly 160 RBI and a .298 batting average.
The Royals have not have a season of over 81 wins since 2003, and with the addition of a big game pitcher like James Shields, the club may turn the corner and finally put an end to 10 seasons of futility.
In order for the team to really make some hay, they will need to have the utmost production from the 3-4-5 hitters as the Detroit Tigers are team to beat in that division, and can score runs in a hurry. Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas make up the heart of this lineup, and cannot continue to leave runners on base in 2013.
In my mind, Gordon is primed for a career season in 2013 as he is finally settling into the big-league pace and realizing just how important patience is. I expect the doubles numbers that Gordon has been producing to only increase as he becomes more comfortable with the ins and outs of being a big league outfielder.