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Alex Jonathan Gordon

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The second pick in the 2005 amateur draft, third baseman Alex Gordon was signed by scout Phil Huttmann to a reported $4 million bonus with the Kansas City Royals and made his professional debut in 2006. In 130 games with the Wichita Wranglers, he hit .325 with 29 homers and 101 RBIs and was named Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America. He finished fourth in the minors in slugging (.588) and OPS (1016). Baseball America also rated him as the best defensive third baseman in the Texas League that year.

Gordon played third base for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers and was the 2005 winner of the Golden Spikes Award as the top player in College Baseball.

He made his MLB debut with the Kansas City Royals on April 2, 2007 as the starting third baseman in the club's opening day win over the Boston Red Sox. After two horrendous months to start the season, Gordon finally got on track in June. He was named the team's Player of the Month for June. He won the award again in September.

Gordon suffered through two very poor season in 2009 and 2010 before having his best season in 2011, hitting .303 in 155 games, with 23 homers 101 runs scored. That year, Gordon broke the Royals franchise record by recording his 18th outfield assist. The previous record of 17 was held by Mark Teahen and Jermaine Dye; he finished the year with 20. He was rewarded for that excellent season by winning a Gold Glove, and then on March 30, 2012, by signing a four-year contract with the Royals worth $37.5 million.

His younger brother Derek Gordon pitched in the independent leagues in 2014 and was signed to a minor league contract by the Royals in 2015, while another brother, Brett (named after George Brett) played outfield in college. His cousin, Jacob Kuebler, was drafted in the 2008 amateur draft.

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