January 16, 2007

BUT HE CAN'T PITCH:

Royals have a potential star in Gordon (Keith Law, 1/16/07, ESPN.com)

When Dayton Moore took over as general manager of the woeful Kansas City Royals, he inherited the worst 25-man roster in the big leagues and an organization almost completely devoid of pitching. But the cupboard wasn't bare, as the Royals had two impact bats already in the barn in Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. Butler is promising because he can hit, but Gordon has star potential because he also plays a skill position.

Gordon is something of a left-handed Lance Berkman. He has a compact swing and has plus power, partly a function of his swing and partly a function of his raw strength. He uses the whole field well, with excellent plate discipline and plate coverage. His peak should approach Mike Sweeney's, and perhaps even surpass it in the power department. He jumped directly from college to Double-A, unusual even for top college players, and didn't miss a beat, hitting for average and power while showing good patience and even some baserunning skills.


The Royals somehow managed to get nothing for Ambiorix Burgos, Andrew Sisco and Runelvys Hernandez, so it may be too early to hold out any hope for them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 16, 2007 12:14 PM
Comments

But what about Gil Meche?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 16, 2007 5:37 PM

If you keep Runny you don't need Meche.

Posted by: oj at January 16, 2007 8:51 PM

Gordon has great ability hitting to the gap (this is important for power) but he doesn't make contact well at all. Hopefully for KC that can be changed.

Posted by: Bartman at January 17, 2007 1:33 PM
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