Dee developed in flash as youth in Florida

Dodgers second baseman didn't start playing until senior year in high school

Dee Gordon, 2B, Dodgers
Hometown:
Windermere, Fla.

Raised mostly by his grandmother and uncles, if Dee Gordon saw his father, it was often on TV or at the ballpark -- not that he had a problem with it.

"When I was young, he was playing and trying to establish himself the way I'm doing now," Gordon told MLB.com earlier this season. "And I always respect that."

Gordon has followed in his father's footsteps to the Major Leagues. Tom Gordon pitched for 21 years with eight teams, going to three All-Star Games. Dee, the Dodgers' starting second baseman, went to his first All-Star Game this season, living up to his father's "Flash" nickname with his speedy play.

Despite having a father in the big leagues, Dee didn't start playing baseball until his senior year at Avon Park High School in Florida, and he was drafted in 2008 after a strong year at Southeastern University, also in Florida. His brother, Nick, was drafted No. 5 overall by the Twins in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.