Gordon is 26 and has a career OPS over 1.000 in the minor leagues. What does that tell you about the Drew Stubbs' and Yonder Alonsos and Todd Fraziers of the world? (A wise-ass would say "nothing" and be semi-correct.)Let's face it: if the Royals aren't going to give Alex Gordon a chance to play regularly when they are 11-21, 10 games out of first, and weeks shy of Memorial Day, he has fallen out of favor with the club. After just 38 plate appearances, the Royals sent Gordon - the player they once selected him second overall - to Triple-A to make way for... Alberto Callaspo.
But Gordon, still just 26, is a career .320/.433/.577 hitter in the minor leagues. Clearly, some team should take a flier on Gordon as a possible long-term answer at third base. Which teams are best suited to do so, and how much is it likely to cost?
The point is that while great minor leaguers are fun to follow and dream about, their performance does not translate to major league success. I've been saying pretty vehemently for some time now that people on this board are dramatically overvaluing prospects (especially, surprise surprise, Reds prospects) and undervaluing actual Major League performance.
Wladimir Balentien is a player with a career minor league OPS of .871. Josh Fields is another guy who's draft pedigree and minor league success has failed to translate to the big league level.
Both Balentien and Gordon's OPS are significantly higher than Stubbs, Frazier, Francisco and Alonso, and yet people on this board absolutely refuse to trade these types of players for anything short of Albert Pujols. It would be one thing if these guys were unequivocal "can't-miss" type guys, but they're clearly not. People need to wake up and smell the coffee. If you have the opportunity to convert these prospects, especially the ones that don't play premium positions, into proven major league upgrades- you do it. Every. Single. Time.
Now, let's give the Royals their choice of any reliever and hitting prospect in our system for David DeJesus and Alex Gordon.