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Alex Gordon has hit at least .340 in both June and July.
The Royals used the No. 2 pick in the 2005 MLB draft to take Nebraska third baseman Alex Gordon, hoping to have drafted the player that Ryan Zimmerman now is.
However, until last year the Royals looked to have taken a bust.
The fact that the 2005 draft was historically great—Justin Upton, Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, Ricky Romero, Andrew McCutchen, Jay Bruce and Jacoby Ellsbury were all first-round picks in that draft—made it even tougher to swallow.
The Royals finally got some return on their investment last year when Gordon emerged by hitting .303 with 45 doubles, 23 homers, 87 RBI and 17 steals. He also added a Gold Glove as a left fielder, after being moved to the outfield just a year earlier.
Gordon slumped badly to start 2012, hitting just .232 in April and .241 in May, with a combined four homers and 20 RBI. It was starting to look like Gordon's 2011 was a fluke.
Until he hit .349 in June.
So far in July, he is hitting .340, and overall he's up to .292/.375/.428 with five homers and 37 RBI to go with a league-leading 33 doubles.
Gordon has quickly gone from being a bust to becoming one of the best left fielders in the game. The Royals can only hope that his power stroke comes back, but even if it doesn't, his average and on-base skills will be an important asset.
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