Kansas City Royals: Alex Gordon Showing Why He's Not a Bust

Ted LeeCorrespondent IApril 16, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 31:  Outfielder Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals in introduced prior to the start of the opening day game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Kauffman Stadium on March 31, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Let me start off by saying I've never doubted Alex Gordon.

Drafted in 2005 with the second overall pick, Gordon immediately received comparisons to Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett. After four dismal seasons, the proclaimed "can't miss" prospect is finally showing promise at age 27.

Going into the 2011 season having to compete for the starting job, Gordon propelled to the top of the list, leading the majors in spring training with 23 runs batted in. His performance in spring were enough to persuade manager Ned Yost to not only give him the starting job, but place Gordon in the No. 3 hole in the batting order.

With 12 games played this season, Gordon is showing why he was a first-round draft pick, batting .345 with one home run and nine runs batted in, while having an impressive nine-game hitting streak.

Gordon is also showing solid defense, having already three assists in the outfield. Obviously he's not staying this hot for the whole season, but it seems like Gordon is finally adjusting to the major league level, having more hits against left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching, an impressive stat for a lefty batter.

Only time will tell if Gordon is fully over the slump, but 2011 seems like a breakout a year for Alex Gordon.