Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is a remarkably consistent batter and an incredible defensive talent, but does he deserve to be an All-Star this year? Even though being chosen directly by the AL’s skipper will be Gordo’s only shot, he still deserves a trip to Minneapolis.
Five outfielders in the American League have more HR than Gordo while still matching his RBI and batting average totals. He leads all AL outfielders with 22 doubles, and his RBI total ties him for seventh. These numbers are solid, and because KC’s offense is so mediocre, Gordo leads his team in HR and RBI.
However, Gordo fans don’t actually believe that his offense production alone warrants a trip to the All-Star game this season. What sets him apart is his combination of steady offense and awesome defense. Gordon’s six outfield assists through the first half tie him with Lorenzo Cain and others for fifth in the AL. That total comes after three-plus years of Gordo playing left field and proving that nobody should try to run on him.
Without the league knowing about that rifle in left, we can safely assume he would have way, way more assists. He’s also yet to record an error this year, after having only one in 2013. Jackie Bradley Jr. is the only outfielder in MLB with more total chances than Gordo to still retain a perfect fielding percentage.
The vote totals for Gordon and other possibly worthy Royals are minuscule right now. Gordon doesn’t even touch the top 15 outfielders’ votes totals, and neither Greg Holland nor Salvador Perez have enough votes to reach the top five at their positions. If KC gets anyone into this All-Star game, they’ll have to be chosen by John Farrell directly.