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A quick check of the facts shows that Gordon had fewer plate appearances than most need before...

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A quick check of the facts shows that Gordon had fewer plate appearances than most need before getting a shot to establish themselves as big leaguers. Here are college players taken in the first ten rounds of the draft this decade who have become established, and their minor league PA tally: 2008 Gordon Beckham 259 2005 Ryan Zimmerman 296 2001 Mark Teixeria 383 2005 Alex Gordon 576 2005 Troy Tulowitzki 590 2007 Matt Wieters 693 2007 Matt LaPorta 815* 2005 Ryan Braun 864 2006 Evan Longoria 881 2003 Rickie Weeks 909

Baseball Prospectus | Future Shock: The Alex Gordon Problem

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