Alex Gordon has been getting recognition for his fielding excellence in recent years for the Kansas City Royals. As a result, Gordon will be playing in next week’s MLB All-Star Game in New York. He is one of two Kansas City Royals representatives at the game, along with catcher Salvador Perez.
Gordon missed two games because of a collision with the fence and returned on Saturday. He moved to the left field spot in 2010 and won the AL Golden Glove award in that position the last two seasons. His defensive skill rank him as one of the top outfielders in the sport. His hitting was down early in his career, but that part of his game has turned around.
This year, Gordon is connecting with the ball at an impressive rate. He has eight homers, 15 doubles and 46 RBIs, plus a .290 batting average in Kansas City’s first 81 games. His batting average was .294 last season and .303 in 2011. He continues to make good contact and is one of those hitters who can always be relied upon to deliver the hit that might win the game for Kansas City.
What the Royals are going to need is for Gordon, Perez and others to pick up their game several notches going into the second half of the season. Gordon and Perez are two talented leaders who can give the rest of the team the leadership it needs to have success down the stretch and post a winning record before the season ends.