Ned Yost media session: April 20
Heading into Wednesday’s 7:10 contest against the Cleveland Indians, Royals manager Ned Yost was still raving about the outfield play of Alex Gordon. In Tuesday’s 5-4 victory over the Tribe, Gordon made an outstanding diving catch in the 9th inning and also threw out a runner at the plate to end the 7th frame.
Yost said he was impressed with Gordon’s transition from third base to left field last season and likened the conversion to that of All-Star Ryan Braun, who went through the same process while Yost was manager of the Milwaukee Brewers.
“You knew that [Gordon] had enough speed and athleticism to roam left field,” Yost said. “It was just a matter of getting repetitions in the outfield and getting used to catching fly balls at all the angles.”
The skipper explained that Gordon has developed a great habit by chasing after fly balls at game speed during the first two rounds of batting practice each day.
Another defensive standout for the Royals this season has been shortstop Alcides Escobar, who was acquired in an offseason trade. Escobar has shown exceptional range and arm strength while consistently taking hits away from opponents with highlight-reel plays.
“He has so much athleticism that he continues to make great plays look routine,” Yost said.