RC Interview with Alex Gordon

In his first professional season, Alex Gordon obliterated Texas League pitching and erased any doubts about his incredible talent. The 22-year-old third baseman led the Texas League in OPS (1.016) while belting 29 home runs and winning the league's MVP award. RC's Kevin Agee recently sat down with Gordon to discuss his adjustment to pro ball, his approach at the plate, and his expectations.

Royals Corner: We're almost at the end of the season, and you've had a MVP-caliber season. How did you adjust so quickly from college pitching to pro pitching?

Alex Gordon: I think it was because of the Big XII conference. It's such a good conference, and you face a lot of draft picks who're in this league or in High-A or something like that, so I think the college competition prepared me pretty well.

RC: What about the AFL? Did that help you adjust as well?

AG: Definitely. Not just to adjust, but to know what to expect coming to Double-A, because that's where most of those guys were going. It was pretty much the cream of the crop of the minors, so it helped me know what to expect coming into the minor-league season.

Gordon credits the AFL for helping him adjust to professional baseball

RC: What's your approach at the plate? Is it just to wait for the pitch you know you can hit a long way and put a really good swing on it, or something simpler or more complex?

AG: It's just see the ball, hit the ball, really. I just go up to the plate, you know, and I think I have a pretty good idea of where the strike zone is, and I just see the ball and I just hit it.

"It's just see the ball, hit the ball, really"

RC: What about your expectations heading into the playoffs?

AG: Well, we've already clinched, so we've got this next series to get prepared and I think a couple of guys are going to get some days off to rest up, so they'll be fresh and ready to go in the playoffs. Tulsa's a good team, so I think it's going to be a very good matchup.

RC: Looking ahead, what are your expectations heading into 2007?

AG: Just take it the same way I did this spring training. I set my goals high and wanted to make the big-league team out of spring training, and that's what I'm gonna do for next spring training. I wasn't able to do it last year, but like I said, I set my goals high and I try to reach them. So hopefully I can do it next year.

Gordon hopes to make the Royals out of spring training next year

RC: Talking to some of your teammates around the batting cage, the word I kept hearing was "we." You guys really are growing and succeeding together, and obviously want to do the same in Kansas City.

AG: Yeah, hopefully, that's kind of the plan. We've got a lot of young talent, so hopefully we can all come up together and bring this winning attitude to KC.

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