2012 Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Assessing Alex Gordon's Value

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Alex Gordon avoided arbitration a few days ago by agreeing to a $4,775,000 contract for 2012. He made $1.5 million last season. The second overall pick in the 2005 amateur draft, Gordon had been slow to meet the lofty expectations that were placed upon him after a standout career at Nebraska; one where he put up prolific numbers, causing scouts and GM’s to universally projected him as a sure shot Hall of Famer.

Being slow out of the gate however doesn’t mean that Gordon won’t be a wonderful player. Alex moved from third base to left field last year where he not only relaxed and produced at the plate, he flourished as his athletic ability took over. In just his first full season patrolling left field, the one-time can’t miss prospect led MLB with 20 assists and won a Gold Glove.

Gordon, who turned 28 yesterday, set career highs for batting average, homers, RBI, runs scored (101) and stolen bases (17) last season. He finished 10th in the American League in hitting and tied for sixth in the majors in doubles and extra-base hits (72).

The only other players with at least a .300 average, 45 doubles and 20 homers were Miguel Cabrera, Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzalez and Robinson Cano; that’s not too shabby.

Novice Fantasy Baseball participants often make the mistake of associating players on the roster of the Kansas City Royals with failure or players that can’t help there roster. Don’t make that mistake as Alex Gordon along with a host of other young home grown talent can definitely help your team to a title. The Royals are universally perceived as having the best farm system in the game and the best young talent at the major league level too. And why shouldn’t they, picking at the top of the draft for the last decade should result in just that if you know what your doing. Think the Tampa Bay Rays and what they were able to do after finishing in the basement for so long.

At 28 with a number of MLB seasons under his belt, Alex Gordon is now a veteran leading a young and up and coming Royals team that regardless of payroll restrictions will contend within the next two years. Gordon was an unquestionable success story last year, but because he plays in Kansas City, is still not on everyone’s radar. You’ll likely be able to grab Alex in your Fantasy Baseball draft for sub $10, a price well worth paying for.

Gordon isn’t the George Brett that people projected him to be coming out of college, but he’s an All-Star outfielder now, and one that can help you win your league.