Alex Gordon, a three-time All-Star outfielder, joined the Kansas City Royals organization in 2005 after being drafted out of Nebraska.
Here are five things to know:
1. He’s a Cornhusker to the core
After graduating from Lincoln Southeast High School, Gordon played three seasons at Nebraska. He hit .355, finished in the school’s top 10 in eight offensive categories and was a consensus player of the year in 2005.
2. Franchise’s face during rebuild
The Royals drafted Gordon second overall in 2005 and many hoped he’d become the next George Brett. He dominated the minors, hitting .325 in one season at Class AA Wichita before breaking camp with the big-league team in 2007.
3. A transformation after early woes
“The Next George Brett” struggled at third base, committing 40 errors in 319 games at the position from 2007-09. With Mike Moustakas coming up in the system, Gordon reinvented himself as an outfielder in 2010.
4. Shaping into All-Star form
Gordon was seventh in the American League with 7.2 Wins Above Replacement in 2011, winning the first of four consecutive Gold Glove awards. He gave up cheeseburgers after 2012 and made the following three All-Star Games.
5. Meet the Mets, beat the Mets
With the Royals trailing the Mets 4-3 in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series, Gordon crushed a fastball off closer Jeurys Familia for a tying home run in the ninth inning. KC won that game 5-4 in 14 innings and the series in five games.