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Alex Gordon

Kansas City Royals — No. 4
Third baseman
Born: February 10, 1984 (1984-02-10) (age 25)
Lincoln, Nebraska
Bats: Left Throws: Right 
MLB debut
April 2, 2007 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .250
Home runs     37
Runs batted in     141

Alex Jonathan Gordon (born February 10, 1984 in Lincoln, Nebraska) is a Major League Baseball third baseman for the Kansas City Royals.


Early Years

High school

Gordon was a two-time Gatorade Nebraska Player of the Year after hitting .483 with 25 home runs and 112 RBI at Lincoln Southeast High School in Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

U.S. National Team

Alex was a member of the 2004 U.S. National Team which had players from 15 different colleges.[2] He helped lead Team USA to an 18-7 overall record, seeing the majority of his playing time at first base. He hit .388 with 4 home runs, 12 RBI and 18 runs scored in 24 contests and was named the top offensive player at the FISU World University Baseball Championships in Tainan, Taiwan after leading all players with a .524 average (11-for-21) with 2 homers, 5 RBI and 8 runs scored in 8 games.[3]

University of Nebraska

2003 62 .319 216 45 69 13 2 7 48 .495
2004 59 .365 211 64 77 18 5 18 75 .754
2005 72 .372 253 79 94 22 4 19 66 .715
Total 193 .353 680 188 240 53 11 44 189 .657

In his junior year in 2005, he swept the collegiate baseball awards for college player of the year, winning the Dick Howser Trophy, Golden Spikes Award, the Brooks Wallace Award and the ABCA Rawlings Player of the Year, he was also an ESPY Award Finalist for the Best Male College Athlete. He earned 1st-team All-America honors for the 2nd straight season going .372 (94-253) in 72 games with 22 doubles, 4 triples, 19 home runs and 66 RBI. Gordon was also 23 for 26 in stolen base attempts, and drew 63 walks, compared to 38 strikeouts, helping lead the Huskers to the 2005 Big 12 regular season and tournament titles and the school's 3rd College World Series appearance. He posted a .353 career average, where he hit 19 homers and drove in 189 runs, drew 139 walks and struck out just 106 times and was only the 2nd 2-time 1st-team All-American in Nebraska history. He finished the season as the Big 12 leader (conference games) in walks and on-base percentage, while ranking 3rd in home runs, total bases and slugging percentage, Gordon was the highest draft pick out of Nebraska since Darin Erstad was taken 1st overall in the 1995 draft.

He was named the No. 1 college draft prospect by Baseball America as well as the 2nd-best overall prospect, best pure collegiate hitter, the 2nd-best collegiate 5-tool talent, 2nd-best collegiate power hitter, best collegiate strike-zone judgment and 2nd-closest to the Majors among collegiate players. He was in a league of his own as a college player.

Pro Ball

Minor Leagues

Gordon was drafted in 2005 by the Kansas City Royals with the second pick overall. He hit 29 home runs and stole more than 20 bases with an OPS over 1.000 in his first full season in minor league baseball with the Double-A Wichita Wranglers. He was generally regarded as one of the best hitting prospects in baseball playing in the Texas League All-Star game and was selected for the 2006 All-Star Futures Game. [4]

Gordon declined to play for Team USA in 2006, while leading the Wichita Wranglers to the Texas League playoffs. He performed exceptionally well in his first full minor league season, winning the Texas League Player of the Year awarded to the best player award and Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year award.

Major Leagues


In his first major league at-bat, Gordon struck out with the bases loaded against Curt Schilling but eventually got his first major league hit on April 5, 2007, against another celebrated rookie, Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka. On April 10, 2007, he hit his first major league home run off pitcher Josh Towers of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Gordon struggled to begin with, but the Royals stayed patient with him.[5] He was hitting .185 with 3 home runs and 8 RBI through the first two months as an everyday starter of the regular season. However he was hot in June, batting .327 with 3 home runs and 14 RBI. He stayed consistent through the summer, hitting .253 in July, and .271 in August. However, he slumped to a .244 average for the final month of the season.

On August 17, Gordon got his 100th major league hit off pitcher Dan Meyer of the Oakland Athletics. On September 2, Gordon had the first multi-home run game of his career, connecting off Boof Bonser of the Minnesota Twins in the 2nd inning, and in the 3rd inning off Julio DePaula. On September 7, Gordon hit a single off former college teammate Joba Chamberlain of the New York Yankees. On September 12, Gordon hit his 34th double of the year in the seventh inning off Glen Perkins of the Twins, establishing a Royals rookie record.


Gordon switched his uniform number from #7, the number he had as a rookie, to #4, his college number.[6] On Major League Baseball's opening day of 2008, March 31, Gordon hit a two-run home run off Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander, with Mark Grudzielanek on first base.

The Royals placed Gordon on the 15-day disabled list on August 23 because of a torn muscle in his right quadriceps. He was hitting .254 and was second on the team with 14 home runs, but also had club-high 109 strikeouts.

Gordon made the most errors (16) and had the lowest fielding percentage (.955) of all AL third basemen in 2008.[7]


Gordon struggled in the beginning of the 2009 season, hitting just 2-for-21 (.095) with one homer and three RBIs in seven games. Gordon was injured on April 11 in a game against the New York Yankees when he slid into second base on a force play. He underwent surgery on April 17 to repair a tear in the labral cartilage of the right hip, and will be on the disabled list for ten to twelve weeks.[8] After playing a few games in the minors, Alex came off the designated list and rejoined the Royals on July 17 going 1 for 4 against Tampa Bay. [9][10] Alex stole home for the first time in his career on August 2 against the Rays becoming the first Royal to do that since Mendy Lopez in 2003.[11] The Royals optioned third baseman Alex Gordon [12] to Triple-A Omaha on August 18 and reinstated reliever Kyle Farnsworth from the 15-day DL to take his spot on the active roster. After Omaha finishes up its season, Gordon will return to the Royals in September.[13]

Baseball card issue

Gordon shortly after gained distinction through his baseball card in 2006. Topps issued Gordon's card prematurely, as only players on 25-man rosters or who have played in at least one Major League game are eligible. As a result, Topps stopped producing the card and cut holes in some of the existing cards. Examples that found their way into retail stores have garnered bids in the thousands of dollars on eBay.[14]


  • 2003 Big 12 All-Tournament Team
  • 2003 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12
  • 2003 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
  • 2004 First-Team All-Big 12
  • 2004 Big 12 Player of the Year.
  • 2004 NCBWA District VI Player of the Year
  • 2004 First Team All-American
  • 2004 Baseball America First Team Summer All-American
  • 2005 Big 12 All-Tournament Team
  • 2005 First Team All-Big 12
  • 2005 Big 12 Player of the Year
  • 2005 NCBWA District VI Player of the Year
  • 2005 First Team All-American
  • 2005 Baseball America Player of the Year
  • 2005 ABCA National Player of the Year
  • 2005 Brooks Wallace Award Winner
  • 2005 Dick Howser Trophy Winner
  • 2005 Golden Spikes Award Winner
  • 2005 ESPY Award Finalist for Male College Athlete of the Year
  • 2006 Baseball America Double-A All-Star
  • 2006 Double-A Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2006 Baseball America Minor League All-Star
  • 2006 Texas League Player of the Year
  • 2006 Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year


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