Matchup between Marlins, Twins a Gordon family affair
Marlins infielder Dee's younger brother is a top prospect in Twins' system
By Andrew Simon
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A Grapefruit League contest between the Marlins and Twins created a family reunion of sorts on Thursday at the CenturyLink Sports Complex.
Dee Gordon made the trip from Jupiter, Fla., to start at second base for Miami at Hammond Stadium, going 1-for-3 with an RBI in the Marlins' 7-6 loss. His father, former Major League pitcher Tom Gordon, was in attendance. And his younger brother, Nick, in his first Minor League camp with Minnesota, was working out nearby at the Twins' Spring Training facility.
When the Marlins' bus arrived on Thursday morning, Dee walked over to find Nick and visited with him briefly. Not realizing how soon it would be time for the Marlins to begin stretching, he was almost late getting back. But it was worth it.
"It's amazing," Dee said. "That's my first time seeing him in a professional uniform."
The younger Gordon brother, a shortstop, was the No. 5 overall pick in last June's First-Year Player Draft out of Olympia High School in Orlando, Fla.. He went on to hit .294/.333/.366 in 57 games for Rookie Level Elizabethton last summer as an 18-year-old, and MLB.com recently ranked him as baseball's No. 33 prospect.
That means the Gordons soon could have a third All-Star in the family. Tom, who served as both a starter and closer over 21 seasons, made three All-Star teams. Dee, who turns 27 next month, made the National League squad last year after shifting from shortstop to second base.
Acquired by the Marlins from the Dodgers in December, he expects to serve as Miami's leadoff man, as well as a source of support for his younger brother, if needed. The two talk every day via text message and FaceTime.
"He don't let me breathe," Dee said with a laugh. "But that's what a little brother's supposed to do."
Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.