Can Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon Successfully Change Roles?

By Doug LaCerte
Alex Gordon
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The Kansas City Royals boast a lineup that’s potent through and through this year. One of the order’s most reliable bats belongs to veteran Alex Gordon, who now is being tasked to embrace a batting order spot aside from the leadoff spot. Fans should be confident that Alex will find a way to handle this smoothly and successfully.

Gordo posted a .265 average last year with 27 doubles, 20 homers and 81 RBIs. This came in 633 total at-bats during the 2013 season. That makes for his worst average since returning to the MLB in 2010 following a position shift from third base to left field. However, his power numbers stayed on par with his usual output since his return in left field.

116 of Gordo’s 156’s games played came as the No. 1 hitter in KC’s lineup. In that role, Alex hit 16 of his home runs and recorded 63 of his RBIs. While that shows comfort in that spot in the order, it also shows a potential for serious power hitting. That means Gordo should be a shoo-in for the heart of the order, right? I certainly hope so.

Although his production indicates that he should be moved into the middle of the Royals’ lineup to help score the team more runs, fans know this isn’t ideal for the veteran outfielder himself. Gordon has been candid and adamant about his enjoyment of being a leadoff man. Now that Norichika Aoki has the No. 1 spot in the order locked up, a change for Alex is unavoidable.

Seeing as it won’t be the first time he’s found success in a new role, I’m not too worried about it.

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