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)...one of favorite all-time TV shows is Prison Break...went on 2023 Twins Winter Caravan, visiting Minneapolis' Southside Village Boys & Girls Club, as well as St. Cloud, Minn. and Fargo, N.D. … participated in 2023 TwinsFest at Target Field in Jan.
Made Opening Day roster for first time in career and spent season as club's utility player...first full season at major league level....Hit solo home run in 1-0 Twins victory on June 23 vs. Cleveland, becoming second player in Twins/Senators franchise history to start in the ninth spot in the batting order and hit the lone home run in a 1-0 victory, the other was pitcher "Long Tom" Hughes, who hit a 10th inning home run in a Senators win over the St. Louis Browns on Aug. 3, 1906. (Elias)…Hit safely in six-straight games from July 2-8, batting .500 (8-for-16) with three doubles, one home run, an .875 slugging percentage and a 1.375 OPS in that span...Doubled in career-high four-straight games from July 27-Aug. 1...Tied career-high and set season-high with three hits three times: Aug. 1 vs. Detroit, August 5 vs. Toronto and Sept. 20 at Kansas City...the Aug. 5 game included a double and a home run....Set career-high with six RBI, including first career grand slam Aug. 30 vs. Boston...the grand slam was hit off Ryan Brasier...the six RBI were the most for a Twin in 2022...Hit .321 (26-for-81) with nine doubles, one triple, two home runs, 17 RBI, 11 runs scored, six walks and an .890 OPS in 26 Aug. games....Hit safely in career-long seven-straight games from Sept. 5-11, hitting .370 (10-for-27) with an .858 OPS in that span....Recorded 15 doubles from Aug. 1-end of season, tied for sixth-most in the AL in that span...also recorded 35 RBI in that time, 11th-most in the AL...among Twins players in that span, ranked first in doubles and RBI, tied for third in home runs (5), fourth in games (57) and fifth in hits (54)…Made four pitching appearances on season, first four of career: May 11 vs. Houston, July 14 vs. Chicago-AL, July 29 at San Diego and Sept. 3 at Chicago-AL, combining to allow nine runs on 10 hits in 3.2 innings pitched, with two home runs allowed, four walks and no strikeouts...in his mound debut on May 11, he pitched 1.0 scoreless inning with one hit allowed...tied catcher Chris Gimenez (2017) and catcher Willians Astudillo (2021) for most pitching appearances by a Twins position player in single season....Hit .280 (58-for-207) with a .780 OPS in 63 games post-All-Star break, compared to .263 (52-for-198) with a .704 OPS in 73 games pre-All-Star Break....Hit .298 (65-for-218) in 77 night games, compared to .241 (45-for-187) in 59 day games....Hit .289 (94-for-325) with 37 extra-base hits (25 doubles, four triples, eight home runs) and a .793 OPS against right-handed pitching, compared to .200 (16-for-80) with four extra-base hits (3 doubles, 1 home run) and a .542 OPS against lefties....Played in 153 games defensively, leading the team...appeared in 62 games (47 starts) in leftfield, 38 games (31 starts) in centerfield, 36 games (29 starts) at second base, 17 games (7 starts) at shortstop, one game (0 starts) in right field and one game (0 starts) at third base... recorded three outfield assists, two from leftfield and one from centerfield....Set career-highs in games (138), runs (45), hits (110), triples (4), home runs (9), RBI (50) and walks (19)…Ranked fifth on Twins in OPS at .743 (minimum of 400 at-bats)…Given Charles O. Johnson Award for Most Improved Twin, an award voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA.
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.
Spent entire season with High-A Fort Myers...named Twins minor league Player of the Week April 16, hitting .444 (12-for-27) with five doubles, one home run, four RBI, five runs scored and two stolen bases in six games for the Miracle...placed on 7-day Injured List May 4 with a concussion; reinstated May 11...hit .315 (108-for-343) against right-handed pitching and .220 (26-for-118) against left-handed pitching...led Miracle in hits (134), doubles (23), triples (6), RBI (52), total bases (178), runs (56), at-bats (461) and stolen bases (19)...ranked fourth in Florida State League in hits, tied for seventh in triples and 11th in total bases...played 103 games (102 starts) at shortstop for Miracle, two games (both starts) at second base and one game (1 start) at third base, committing 26 total errors...named Florida State League Mid- and Postseason All-Star...named shortstop on the Twins organization All-Star team by MiLB.com...played in Arizona Fall League for Surprise, hitting .346 (28-for-81) with four doubles, two triples, seven RBI, eight walks and a .418 on-base percentage in 21 games...named to AFL Rising Stars Team and All-Prospect Team...named top prospect in Twins system by Baseball America entering 2017.
Spent entire season with Low-A Cedar Rapids...led Kernels in hits (133), runs (79), RBI (58) and doubles (23), and was second in stolen bases (25) and triples (7)...ranked second in Midwest League in runs scored (79)...finished with the fifth most stolen bases in the Twins system and sixth in batting average (.277)...ranked as the fourth best prospect in the Twins system by Baseball America entering 2016...also ranked 53rd-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America, 91st by MLB.com and 62nd by BaseballProspect.com entering 2016