Alex Gordon has been nothing short of terrific this year. He's been amazing at home; he's been solid on the road. His May was around the previously known Gordonian levels, but his other months have mostly been around the newly known Gordonian levels. He has a nice blend of speed and power.
But he's not a lead-off hitter. Going by the man's size and the number of CS, says to me that he has too much more power than speed for him to be a lead-off hitter. As the first hitter of the game, he's hit .286/.326/.560. The first number is pretty good, the second is barely ok-ish but the last number is gargantuan. He's started a game with the longball 5 times. It's always a positive to start the game off on the right foot, but his 13 XBHs to start off a game are...well, not wasteful, but less efficient? If he had a batter or two that were good at getting on in front of him... He started off the season barely walking and that trait has continued when leading off the game.
A lead off hitter needs to be someone getting on at any cost, and a .326 isn't getting it done often enough.
If Alcides Escobar was just a bit better than this guy instead of being this guy, our question would have its answer (and we'd have a HUGE star for this new era). But at this point in time, he's not a bit better than that guy.
Lorenzo Cain just posted his best power year since his days in ROOKIE ball and he stole at an unacceptable rate this year. Not to mention due to the most unlikely breakouts of the year, we really don't know what Cain's future currently holds in Kansas City. He has the opportunity to be a premium athlete playing a premium position with a plus bat, but with Royals loaded with so much talent, it's been hard to make room for Cain. The way Ned Yost "uses" (or doesn't use) his bench and with our rotational needs, makes Cain a waste as a fourth outfielder.
Do we have any good candidates to replace Gordon?
What I'd really like to see out of our lead off hitter is a guy that can hit .275/.360/.400 and steal around 30 bases with like 5 toss outs. Is this asking for too much?
In my opinion, this is like the fourth most important thing of the offseason after: