by John Viril—
It’s nice to see Alex Gordon mashing the ball in the Cactus league. In 58 AB’s, Gordon has hit .407/.470/.729 with 5 HR’s. His 9 extra-base hits are second on the team to Mike Moustakas’s 11. Overall, Gordon is enjoying an excellent spring.
I am particularly encouraged by Gordon’s five home runs—even if they are in the thin Arizona air. Last season, Gordon hit a mere 14 dingers—a puzzling total for a guy with tremendous upper body strength. Gordon was very good last season, posting an excellent 5.6 bWAR (wins above replacement) value. If he maintains his outstanding defensive production and adds more home run power to his game, 2013 could be his best year yet.
Of course, we must reiterate all the “it’s just spring training” and “small sample size” caveats. At least Alex’s numbers have come against strong opponents. In baseball-reference.com’s new “opposition quality” metric, Gordon scored a high 9.3 (on a scale where 10 is considered “major league competition