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This was a really tough decision, as Eric Hosmer has been playing very well in the first 33 games of his major league career, and hasn't shown any signs of being a bust to the organization yet, as Gordon was for the first four years of his career.
However, this is Gordon's fifth year, and he has finally started playing like he is expected to. With only a .280 BA, Gordon could definitely use some more fine-tuning at the plate, but this is 30 points higher than his abysmal .249 career average, which is a great sign for Kansas City.
His seven long balls are second only to Melky Cabrera and Jeff Francoeur, and he ranks third on the team in RBI with 33.
These aren't very MVP-like stats, but bear with me.
What makes him so valuable, in my opinion, is his ability to run the basepaths, and get extra-base hits. He leads the team with 19 doubles and three triples, and is second in total bases with 117.
When you couple his .349 OBP with his affinity for stretching out hits, and add his five steals into the equation, what you're left with is value. Value that no other player on the team has.
The team-leading 58 K's by Gordon are actually a promising sign. The two players he is closest with statistically on the team (Cabrera, Francoeur) have far fewer strikeouts with similar stats to Gordon. As Gordon has finally settled into the big leagues and found the success he's been longing for, he will continue to work on his plate presence, looking to boost his average and his eye. If he can cut down his strikeout numbers, his hitting and OBP will improve on their own.
This particular pick is largely based on future projections, but the potential he is showing and the rate at which he is improving is enough for me to give Alex Gordon the most valuable player title in Kansas City.