Gordon was promoted to Triple-A Rochester. He was hitting .333 with five home runs and a .906 OPS at Double-A Chattanooga. It was his second stint at Double-A and his OPS improved significantly over his .749 OPS there last season. A good showing over the next few weeks in Triple-A could put him in position to be called up to the majors later in the summer.
Gordon went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and a stolen base Wednesday for Double-A Chattanooga. The 22-year-old middle infielder is now slashing .339/.369/.534 with three home runs, four steals (on six attempts) and a 20:7 K:BB in 118 at-bats in a repeat tour of the Southern League. The Twins could have sent him to Triple-A this season, where his production would likely have looked much less impressive, but instead they gave him the chance to truly shine at a level for the first time in his pro career. His .903 OPS dwarfs his previous career best of .749.
Gordon is 7-for-18 (.389 average) with one steal and a 3:2 K:BB in five games for Double-A Chattanooga. He was surprisingly sent back to Double-A after playing 122 games in the Southern League last year. He will probably be promoted to Triple-A in the near future, and should continue to post impressive offensive numbers as long as he remains at this level.
Gordon is expected to report to Double-A Chattanooga to begin the season, Dan Hayes of The Athletic Minnesota reports. Gordon shouldn't stick around at Chattanooga for long after appearing in 122 games for the club in 2017, finishing with a .270/.341/.408 line to go with 46 extra-base hits and 13 stolen bases. The 22-year-old shortstop could get a look with the big club at some point in the second half of the season if he continues to tear it up in the minors.
Gordon was reassigned to Minnesota's minor league camp. He hit .409 (9 for 22) during spring training. Gordon made a strong impression in big league camp, but he'll need to continue to impress at either Double-A Chattanooga or Triple-A Rochester to begin the season. The 2014 fifth overall draft pick could reach the majors earlier than expected with Jorge Polanco suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Eduardo Escobar will start at shortstop in place of Polanco, but the Twins may need to tap into their depth at shortstop in the minors earlier than planned.