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Alex Gordon named Hitter of the Week at Triple-A

May 18, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

Demoted to the minors earlier this month after the Royals gave him all of 31 at-bats to get back on track from a broken thumb, Alex Gordon was named Pacific Coast League Hitter of the Week for predictably knocking around Triple-A pitchers.
Gordon is hitting .362 with a .524 on-base percentage and .766 slugging percentage in 17 games at Triple-A, smacking five homers and four doubles in 47 at-bats with as many walks as strikeouts. He’s also said to be taking well to the transition from third base to left field, which will hopefully speed up the timetable for Gordon’s return to Kansas City.
If the Royals were smart they’d already be playing Kila Ka’aihue at designated hitter rather than 34-year-old Jose Guillen (who’s hitting .220 with a .626 OPS in his last 30 games) and would install Gordon as the new starting left fielder over 34-year-old Scott Podsednik (and his .401 slugging percentage) as soon as his crash course in outfield defense had him looking passable out there.
Veteran mediocrity on a last-place team has little value to begin with, but when that veteran mediocrity is blocking younger, potentially much better players … well, then you have the Royals.

  1. Alan - May 18, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Don’t agree at all about Podsednik. YOu have a veteran player that is showing the younger guys how to put the team first by advancing runners, stealing bases, taking the extra base, and showing good leadership, not to mention his superb fielding in getting to balls in the OF. Gordon has been lost at the major league level. He could be a AAAA player for all we know. I would love to see him succeed but if it isn’t until after the All Star break I think that is better for the team. Guillen has had a few clutch hits and at DH he is at least presenting value on the trade market and hopefully he will be gone after the break. Showcase his bat because his legs are gone. Maybe you can get a little something for him like a prospect or middle reliever. The minors are stacked andif they all come up next year and the year after they will be competing for titles in 2012 and winning them in 2013.

  2. (Not That) Tom - May 18, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Dayton Moore, is that you?

  3. Ron - May 18, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Or keep Gordon at 3B, since it’s the position he’s always played, and he does a good job there. And then move Callaspo to LF, because the idoicy of people (not you) thinking that where a guy plays defensively has anything to do with his offensive ability or numbers is insane.
    That puts Podsednek on the bench where he belongs, or better yet, traded for a relief pitcher to anyone who needs outfield help (Dodgers?, Braves?) and only leaves the problem of Guillen getting 400 plate appeareances while Ka’aihue spends the year in Omaha.

  4. Ron - May 18, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    What’s AAAA? No such league exists. If a guys in the majors, he’s either a good major league, an average major leaguer, or a bad major leaguer. That’s it. Same for the minors.
    Using catchy phrases like “AAAA” doesn’t mean a damn thing. A guy is either in the minors or in the majors.
    Also, did you see the numbers posted above about Guillen? No one is going to trade for him. If anything happens, it will be after Moore releases him because he isn’t produciing and no one will make a trade. Then some team will pick him up for the minimum. The only way Guillen gets traded is a throw in with one of the prospects, like Crow or Montgomery.
    And seeing how Moore does things, I can believe that will happen, and in return, we’ll get David Eckstein, Milton Bradley, Mike Lowell, and a promise that the “process” is working.

  5. ecp - May 18, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Um, no, Gordon does not do a good job at third base. Check the numbers – and while you’re at it, your eyes.

  6. brent - May 18, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    1. gordon is a below average defensive 3B, he does not “do a good job there”. he absolutely needs to be in LF–and on the MLB roster ASAP.
    2. re: posednik–the royals have coaches that can show the younger players how to do the little things without blocking their development. ka’aihue and gordon belong on the MLB roster.
    3. no team will take guillen’s contract, but the royals can eat the salary for the rest of the year as terms of the trade and find a trading partner; getting anything out of that contract is a win.
    4. long term–still leaves big needs at either 2B or SS (whichever position Aviles does not play) and C.
    5. in the pipeline you have Moustakas (3B), so you need to find a spot for Callaspo or he needs to move to RF or to another team. you also have Hosmer, which means 1B/DH is crowded as well.

  7. Billy - May 23, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Trade Ka’aihue for Reid Brignac (SS-TB)… With Hosmer tearing it up in the minors he could get the call late next season. Brignac gives you a long term solution at SS and the Rays need help at the DH/1B position with Carlos Pena set to leave in free agency this off-season. Brignac doesn’t have much value to the Rays because they have Zobrist/Bartlett in the majors and Tim Beckham on his way. I’ll take Dayton Moore’s position to show him how its done.

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