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Royals demote Alex Gordon to the minor leagues

May 2, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

alex gordon headshot royals.jpgUnsurprisingly, the Royals made the decision Sunday to option former starting third baseman Alex Gordon to Triple-A Omaha.

Gordon spent the first two weeks of the 2010 season on the disabled list and hit just .194 with a .323 slugging percentage in 31 at-bats once he regained his health.  All the while, Alberto Callaspo has jumped out to a hot start and has rightfully earned the Royals’ starting third base gig.  Perhaps Gordon, 26, will find his stroke down in Triple-A and return to the big leagues as a useful utility player.  Or maybe not.  Big-time busts are far from a rarity in the baseball world.

Gordon, as some may remember, was the second overall pick in baseball’s first-year player draft back in 2005.  Justin Upton was selected at No. 1 by the Diamondbacks.

  1. bust bust bust - May 2, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Can we just call him a bust already?

  2. Ron - May 3, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    No, but you can call the management that misused him a bust.

  3. JBerardi - May 3, 2010 at 2:10 AM

    He may have been batting .191, but it’s only 31 one ABs. He also had seven walks versus eight strikeouts, so it doesn’t seem like he was lost at the plate. Seems like an overreaction by the Royals.

  4. BC - May 3, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    LONG overdue. This guy has done nothing. Zip. The Royals are sending him a message. Either prove you’re a MLB player, or you can rot in AAA or take your act elsewhere.

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