Is Alex Gordon a Lost Hope?

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IApril 18, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 9:  Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals looks on against the New York Yankees on April 9, 2008 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

June of 2005 is when all Royals fans learned the news that Kansas City landed a future star, Alex Gordon.

The Royals didn't really have a choice, Gordon was a complete stud, and they would be stupid to pass on him. He was projected to have more power than Albert Pujols and have the potential of stealing 20 bases per season.

It looked like these projections may come true after Gordon smashed 29 home runs in double-A Wichita.

Now we are in '09 and have been a bit disappointed. Gordon showed many flashes of the talent we all knew he had but he never has put it together for a long period of time.

He hit 15 home runs during his rookie season with 14 stolen bases. Definitely not bad numbers but not exactly Alex Gordon potential numbers.

Last season he hit 16 home runs and nine stolen bases and was able to lower his strikeouts considerably.

There was much hope this past offseason that he was going to have a breakout season. The Royals were even projected, by some, to win the AL Central, mostly due to the thought of Gordon having a terrific summer.

Royals even had more reasons to hope, after he smashed a home run on opening day. Since then, however, he only had one other hit and now has a .095 average.

And when we thought it couldn't get worse Gordon now is injured and not expected to be back for 10-12 weeks.

So do the Royals keep Alex Gordon and hope that he gets better? Or should they trade him for some prime talent?

If they choose to trade him they should get a lot back. With all of his upside and potential, I am sure there are many teams that would love to have him, despite the cost.

But, with all that upside, should they keep him and continue to hope?

In a couple of years Dayton Moore's first draft pick, while being the GM, should be ready for the Majors. The player I am talking about is Mike Moustakas. Moustakas is a third baseman, like Gordon.

I personally think that Moustakas will be better. He has the power, speed, and ability to be a very good No. 3 hitter for Kansas City.

So with that being said should Kansas City consider trading Gordon? Let's remember Gordon is just 25, and there is plenty of time for him to improve greatly. But if the Royals are to trade him, now is the time.