Gordon was added to the Twins' 40-man roster Tuesday, Aaron Gleeman of Baseball Prospectus reports. This move protects the infielder from being taken by another team in the Rule 5 draft. Gordon was the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft, and he emerged as one of the Twins' top prospects in recent years. However, he struggled mightily in his first taste of Triple-A last season, slashing a mere .212/.262/.283 with two homers, 40 runs scored and 13 stolen bases across 490 plate appearances. The 23-year-old doesn't pose as a future superstar, but his decent speed, solid contact ability and proximity to the majors have him at least on the redraft radar for 2019.
Gordon is hitting .241/.262/.355 with two homers and two steals over 52 games since being promoted to Triple-A Rochester in May. While the Twins are likely to deal away an infielder or two prior to the trade deadline at the end of July, Gordon does not appear to be big-league ready at this point, which gives him a very good chance of staying at Rochester for the duration of the 2018 season. While he's not striking out a ton (18.5% K%), Gordon is walking at the lowest rate of his professional career in his first crack at the International League (2.8% BB%).
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.
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