Kansas City Royals Spotlight: Alex Gordon

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2009

Alex Gordon was once projected to be as good as Albert Pujols, but with better speed. But after two mediocre seasons, the projections have become a bit foggy.

Gordon has improved significantly from his rookie year to his second year, but he still hasn't produced as much as he is capable of. He had 16 homers with 59 RBI's and nine stolen bases in his second season.

He has improved his power, hitting more home runs in less games this season. He had a .260 batting average. He should be able to increase that tremendously.

You can tell that the potential is there when you see him play. He was just a few feet away from having at least 20 home runs, and I am certain he would if he would have stayed healthy. He is a good third baseman, he has an above average arm and fielding ability.

The 2009 season is going to be the moment of truth for him. If he can produce as we all know he can, I think those lofty predictions of him could come true. Let's remember he will just be turning 25 in February.

If he is unable to perform well this season Dayton Moore will have to make a decision on whether to keep him or not. I think Gordon should stay here as long as possible if it were my decision, but it's not.

Gordon can very well hit 30 home runs with 15 stolen bases. He just needs to stay more concentrated at the plate and get good wood on the ball more often.

He is still my favorite player. I just hope he can perform like everybody says he can.