Perhaps no other player has epitomized consistency for the Kansas City Royals as aptly as left fielder Alex Gordon. As the rest of KC’s offense skids and stumbles and struggles to bring runners home, Gordon just keeps on doing his job, both at the plate and in left field. His constantly positive contribution undoubtedly makes him the team’s MVP among position players at this point in the season.
Gordon went deep for two runs to give the Royals a solid lead in the fourth last night, but this was just an example of the steady production he offers the team constantly. Gordon now leads the team with his .281 batting average, which perhaps says more about KC’s offensive woes than Alex’s greatness, but I’ve already written about those woes more than enough. Gordon’s 29 RBI also leads the team, while his four homers and 26 runs scored are second to Salvador Perez and Nori Aoki, respectively. Not many guys in the MLB mean so much to their team’s offense.
What goes without as much mention is Alex’s always-excellent defense. He has yet to make an error this season, which will surely change as soon as this article is published, and AJ Pollock‘s five outfield assists are the only total in baseball to outnumber Gordon’s four.
These stats and other, more unbearably complex defensive sabermetrics give Gordon a Defensive WAR that’s the second-best in the entire league. Unless something truly unexpected happens this year, Gordon is sure to claim his fourth Gold Glove in as many seasons.
Despite these ringing acknowledgments, Gordon will surely remain in relative obscurity, plugging away and doing work without an ounce of national attention. Thankfully, he seems like the kind of guy who wouldn’t have it any other way.