Notes: Gordon to play first base in AFL

Notes: Gordon to play first base in AFL

KANSAS CITY -- The first substantial clue that Alex Gordon might be headed away from third base has surfaced.

The Royals announced Friday that Gordon will be playing in the Arizona Fall League as a first baseman.

Gordon, the club's top draft choice this year, will replace first baseman Justin Huber on the Surprise Scorpions roster.

Drafted as a third baseman, Gordon signed for a bonus of $4 million after summer-long negotiations. He has been playing in the Arizona Instructional League.

"Alex will be taking the roster spot of Justin Huber and will be playing first base, a position he has played before," said Shaun McGinn, the Royals' senior director of Minor League operations.

"The main focus is getting Alex at-bats," he said. "He will still come into Spring Training next year as a third baseman."

Even so, the Royals seem convinced that Mark Teahen, who exhibited sharp fielding skills as a rookie, is their third baseman of the future.

Gordon, a left-handed batter, showed the Royals enough at the University of Nebraska as a hitter to make him the overall No. 2 pick in last June's draft.

First base, for now, is a crowded junction in Kansas City with Mike Sweeney, Matt Stairs and Huber all in line at that spot as well as designated hitter.

Another hot-hitting third baseman, Billy Butler, was switched to left field halfway through the Minor League season.

Spirits at stadium: The Royals are presenting a Baseball Spirits Tour for 10 nights at Kauffman Stadium.

The Halloween holiday event for children ages 5-12 and their parents will be held nightly from 6-9 CT from Friday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 30.

Guests are encouraged to wear costumes to take advantage of numerous photo opportunities. Young trick-or-treaters will receive hot apple cider, doughnuts, candy and Royals collectibles.

Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the stadium. Fans also can reserve tour times by calling 816-504-4222.

Proceeds will benefit Royals Charities, which will host children from area non-profit organizations from 6-9 p.m. CT Thursday, Oct. 20, the night before the tours are open to the public.

Since 2001, under the leadership of the Glass family, Royals Charities has contributed more than $1.9 million to Kansas City-area youth, education and neighborhood programs.

Holiday design contest: The Royals are asking students from kindergarten through the eighth grade to submit entries for the club's official holiday card.

Young artists in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arkansas are invited to participate. The design should have a holiday or winter concept, and the use of baseball images including Kauffman Stadium, Royals players, logos or themes is encouraged.

Winners will be eligible to win a prize package that includes savings bonds, Royals tickets and autographed memorabilia. The school submitting the most entries will win an appearance by the mascot Sluggerrr.

Entries must be postmarked by Thursday, Nov. 10. Winners will be announced by Friday, Nov. 18. For rules and more information, visit

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.