Nicholas Chad Gordon...Twitter: @FlashGThe3rd...Instagram: @flashgthre3rd...son, Jaxon (born in 2018)...2014 graduate of Olympia (FL) High School...hit .517 with 10 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 27 RBI and 13 stolen bases as a senior, and .505 with 15 doubles, six triples and 12 stolen bases as a junior...named Gatorade Florida Baseball Player of the Year in 2013 and '14 and named a Perfect Game All-American...rated as fifth-best prospect in the 2014 draft by MLB.com...ranked as the sixth-best prospect, and as having the best infield arm, in the 2014 draft by Baseball America...verbally committed to Florida State, but elected to play professional baseball...is the son of three-time All-Star right-handed pitcher Tom “Flash” Gordon and half-brother of MLB infielder/outfielder Dee Strange-Gordon...produces hip hop music in spare time, rapping under the alias G-Cinco (gcincomusic.com)...favorite all-time TV show is Prison Break.
Was in Twins spring training, the fourth of career, and optioned to the alternate training site on March 15...Began season at Triple-A St. Paul...Hit .400 (12-for-30) with one triple, one home run, four RBI, five walks, a .486 on-base percentage and a 1.052 OPS in nine games for the Saints and was recalled from alternate training site on April 23, one of four different stints he had with the Twins...Made Major League debut on May 6 vs. Texas, batting seventh and playing second base...went 1-for-2 with a single, a walk and a strikeout... walked in first career plate appearance then stole second base...became the fifth Twin with a stolen base in his first career game, first since Jake Cave on May 19, 2018, vs. Milwaukee...the others: Matt Macri (May 24, 2008), Kirby Puckett (May 8, 1984) and César Tovar (April 12, 1965)...recorded first career hit with a fourth-inning single off Jordan Lyles...stole another base becoming the first player in Twins history (since 1961) and 13th player in Major League history (since 1901) to steal multiple bags in his first career game, first in the majors since Cesar Puello did so for Los Angeles-AL vs. Baltimore on Aug. 9, 2017...Recorded first career three-hit game on June 4 at Kansas City, including his first career home run, a solo shot off Wade Davis...his father Tom Gordon was in attendance, his first time watching Nick at the major league level...Stole five bases in first 10 career major league games from May 6-June 12...also batted .318 (14-for-44) in 16 games in June...Matched career/season-high with three hits three more times: September 5 at Tampa Bay, September 21 at Chicago-NL and September 23 vs. Toronto...Recorded 15 RBI in 24 September/October games...Combined to hit .251 (68-for-271) with nine doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 32 RBI and 30 runs scored in 91 games between St. Paul and Minnesota...Played 34 games (24 starts) in centerfield, 17 games (13 starts) in second base, 14 games (8 starts) at shortstop, 11 games (7 starts) in leftfield, two games (0 starts) at third base, 1 game (0 starts) in rightfield...committed just two errors on the season (157 total chances), one at second and one at third...Hit .244 (11-for-45) with a .521 OPS against left-handed pitching and .239 (37-for-155) with a .683 OPS against right-handed pitching...Ranked tied for fifth among American League rookies in stolen bases (10)...Went 10-for-11 in stolen base attempts for a 90.9% success rate, the 11th best in club history and second-best among rookies (Alexi Casilla, 2007 - 11-for-12/91.7%).
Missed entire season with undisclosed injury...Ranked Twins 16th best prospect by MLB.com.
Spent third career spring training with Twins; optioned to Triple-A Rochester on March 12 where he played entire season....Reached safely in 24 consecutive games from May 22-June 20, hitting .298 (28-for-94) with a .343 on-base percentage in that span...hit safely in season-long 16 straight games from June 1-20....Hit .331 (39-for-118) with 13 doubles, one triple, two home runs, 19 RBI and a .893 OPS in final 28 games from July 1-August 2....Placed on 7-day Injured List August 3 with a left knee contusion after being hit by a pitch August 2 at Pawtucket, ending his season....Played 40 games (39 starts) at shortstop for Wings and 30 games (29 starts) at second base....Hit .307 (66-for-215) with 27 extra-base hits vs. right-handed pitching and .273 (21-for-77) with nine extra-base hits vs. left-handed pitching....Despite playing in just 70 games for Red Wings, led club in stolen bases (14), while ranking second in doubles (29), fourth in runs scored (49), and fifth in hits (87) and total bases (134).
Was an invite to Twins spring training, the second of his career; reassigned to minor league camp March 18...Began season with Double-A Chattanooga and recorded a four-hit game in first game April 5 vs. Birmingham...Named Twins minor league player of the week May 12, hitting .385 (10-for-26) with three doubles, one home run and five RBI in seven games for the Lookouts...Promoted to Triple-A Rochester May 22 where he finished the season...Between both stops, played 103 games (102 starts) at shortstop and 36 games (35 starts) at second base...Combined to hit .248 (135-for-544) with 23 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs, 49 RBI, 62 runs scored, 20 stolen bases and a .298 on-base percentage in 141 games between Chattanooga and Rochester...Led all of minor league baseball in games played (141), playing 99 with the Red Wings and 42 with the Lookouts...ranked third in at-bats (544)...Added to Twins 40-man roster November 20.
Was invite to first career Twins spring training, reassigned to minor league camp May 18; spent entire season with Double-A Chattanooga... Named MiLB.com Southern League Player of the Month for May, hitting .294 (32-for-109) with 11 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 15 RBI and 14 walks in 27 games...Named Southern League Midseason All-Star...Named SiriusXM Futures Game All-Star, leading off and playing shortstop for the US Team, going 1-for-3 with a run scored...Set season-high and tied minor league career-high with five hits August 14 at Birmingham...Named Southern League Postseason All-Star...Hit .299 (119-for-398) vs. right-handed pitching and .174 (21-for-121) vs. left-handed pitching...Ranked tied for second in all of Double-A baseball in triples (8) and fourth in at-bats (519)...Ranked tied for first in Southern League in triples (8), third in hits (140) and runs (80), fourth in total bases (212), and tied for sixth in doubles (29)...Ranked eighth best prospect in Twins system by Baseball America, entering 2018...ranked 80th best prospect in baseball by MLB.com.