Found March 16, 2012 on
Author: Andrew Swanson
Success is not something that comes quickly for most major league baseball players. While there are a few exceptions to the rule like Buster Posey and Jason Heyward, most major league players spend the early stages of their careers learning how to play in the big leagues. In some cases, prospects struggle to a point in which they are almost out of baseball before something clicks inside and they begin to play at a high level.
After a lackluster four year career that culminated with a change of position and demotion to the minor leagues, Alex Gordon is looking to finally make good on his promising career as the starting left-fielder for the Kansas City Royals.
Gordon was drafted second overall in the 2005 amateur draft after a highly successful college career at the University of Nebraska. In his first full professional season with the AA Wichita Wranglers, Gordon hit 29 home runs and stole 20 bases. Unfortunately, his excellent play did not continue with the Royals, as he failed to hit more than 16 home runs in a season and has a putrid .244 career batting average.
Although spring training numbers can sometimes be misleading and one should not read too much into them, Gordon’s scorching .353 average this spring is something to keep an eye on. In addition to hitting 6 homers and driving in 23 runs, Gordon also earned 12 walks in 23 games, shedding light on the possibility that he may finally be maturing at the plate.
With the new season just a few days away and as the final fantasy baseball drafts commence across the country, the new and re-focused Alex Gordon may be an excellent late round sleeper in AL only and deep mixed leagues. He is worthy of a Mr. Irrelevant late round flyer, as he has the physical ability to be a 20-20 player.
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You can try to dispense of these notes on the Alcides Escobar extension, but you won’t be able to: as the title of this post suggests, they’re indispensible.
Regarding Alcides Escobar, The Extension He Signed
Escobar and the Royals agreed Thursday to a four-year, $10.5 million extension that includes a pair of club options that could bring the overall value of the contract to...
The Kansas City Royals have signed shortstop Alcides Escobar to a $10.5 million, four-year contract extension that includes two option years that could drive the value to $21.75 million.
The team announced the deal Thursday.
Escobar will make $1 million this season and $3 million each of the next two seasons. The options are for $5.25 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017 with...
Ah! The life of a baseball writer. After pouring over spring results and stats on a Saturday morning, the search was on for a glimmer of a post idea. The search led to Luis Mendoza of the Kansas City Royals. Wow! He's having a good spring! And this is after a strong Triple A campaign and two excellent starts in September with the big club. This was the story idea that was needed...
ROYALS SIGN SHORTSTOP ALCIDES ESCOBAR TO A MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT
Four-Year Guaranteed Contract Also Includes Club Options for 2016 and 2017
SURPRISE, AZ (March 15, 2012) — The Kansas City Royals today announced the club has reached an agreement on a multi-year contract with shortstop Alcides Escobar. The contract includes four guaranteed years through the 2015 season, then club options...
Salvador Perez won’t be ready for Opening Day.
Less than a month after the Kansas City Royals rewarded him with a five-year, $7 million contract, Perez now has a meniscus tear — an injury serious enough that the Royals decided to send its starting catcher back to Kansas City for surgery. Now that there’s some uncertainty surrounding Perez, it’s unclear how the Royals will...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Luis Mendoza continues to make his case for a rotation spot.
Mendoza allowed one run and two hits and struck out seven in 4 2-3 innings Friday and Chris Getz drove in three runs and the Kansas City Royals defeated a Milwaukee Brewers split squad 9-4 Friday.
Mendoza did not allow a hit until Aramis Ramirez led off the fifth with a single.
In the spring of 2004, the Royals gave their pre-arbitration shortstop an $11m, 4 year contract extension.
This afternoon, the Royals gave their pre-arbitration shortstop a $10.5m, 4 year extension.
Last time around, the Royals were re-upping the reigning AL Rookie of the Year Angel Berroa who has just finished his first full season with a .287/.338/.451 slash line to go along with...
Seen here are Kansas City Royals' teammates Everett Teaford (5-11, 155 pounds) and Tim Collins (5-7, 170 pounds) squeezing into fellow 'mate Jonathan Broxton's (6-4, 290 pounds) pants. This photo should end any and all debate on whether or not MLB players take Spring Training seriously.
The Kansas City Royals signed shortstop Alcides Escobar to a four-year contract Thursday.
The deal is worth $10.5 million and includes two team options.
The 25-year-old Escobar batted .254 with four home runs, 46 RBIs and 26 stolen bases in his first season with Kansas City.
He was acquired in the deal that sent pitcher Zack Greinke to the Milwaukee Brewers in December 2010.
Ha. Would you look at that. I shall caption this photo as “The Brotherhood of the Unraveling Pants,” even though the “unraveling” part doesn’t make much sense. But it does satisfy the “-ing” component of the riff on the title of that novel/film. Pictured above are diminutive Kansas City Royals pitchers Everett Teaford and Tim [...]
SURPRISE, Ariz. The Milwaukee Brewers long admired Alcides Escobar's ability at shortstop, so much so that they parted with longtime starter J.J. Hardy to make room for the young prospect at the major league level. With just two big league seasons under his belt, Escobar was rewarded with a four-year contract extension this week.Unfortunately for the Brewers, he signed that...
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Eric Hosmer delivered a key hit during Kansas City's rally and Lorenzo Cain launched a drive that finished Los Angeles starter Chad Billingsley.
Dodgers relief pitcher Todd Coffey, however, got the hit that drew the most attention.
Hosmer drove in four runs and Cain homered Thursday as the Royals topped the Dodgers 8-5. Hosmer had a two-run single during...
It's not that often we see someone steal second base on a walk but that's exactly what happened during a recent spring training game between the LA Dodgers and the Kansas City Royals.
Watch as the Dodgers Dee Gordon walks on five pitches and while the Royals have the heads down, Gordon decides to take second:
(Courtesy of Sports Kings)
Luis Mendoza held Milwaukee's split squad hitless until the fifth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Brewers 9-4 Friday.
Mendoza struck out seven in 4 2-3 innings. He allowed one run on two hits without a walk.
Mendoza was the Pacific Coast League 2011 pitcher of the year. He has given up one run and five hits in 10 2-3 innings in three spring starts, striking out 11...