Friday, September 01, 2006

KC Royals Will Let Alex Gordon Rot in Wichita

Even with super prospect Alex Gordon being named Texas League Player of the Year, what do the the Royals have to say to him? "Don't call us, we'll call you." Despite the fact that Gordon, 22, the No. 1 2005 pick, is hitting .323 with 28 home runs and 93 RBI in a little more than 400 atbats for AA Wichita, he will be passed over for a September callup. The Royals have Mark Teahen playing well at third, Gordon's main position, so there's no room for him there. But they won't try him at first base, DH or pinch hitter either. This despite Gordon leading the league with a .587 slugging percentage and hitting 18 homers and 16 doubles in his last 53 games. Gordon was the subject of wide speculation that he would be called up when Teahen was struggling earlier in the year, but it appears that despite all the big talk about improving the team this year, management's main concern is to block Gordon from advancing his service clock, thus postponing his rendezvous with his contract arbitration date.

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