While his father was in attendance, all Nick could focus on was the game.
“I actually didn’t see him,” he told MLB.com. “I didn’t see him the entire game. I’m not really sure where he was sitting at. That’s usually not too hard to find. I usually find him. But I was kind of focused today. Kind of got on the field and really didn’t look up too much.”
Tom Gordon was excited to have the opportunity to watch his son play in an MLB game and it certainly won’t be the last time he attends a game.
“I want every ball he hits out of the park,” Tom Gordon said. “I want every ball to be hit hard. He sure better not make an error, because then I’m fussing about that. I think that comes with it. As much as I love it, I appreciate it.
“At the same time, I appreciate how much his teammates and friends and family, everybody that’s here, love him.”
When Nick hit his first home run, he didn’t know if it was going to go out or not. One thing he did know was that he got a good swing on the ball.
Hitting your first major league home run is a tremendous accomplishment, and it only took Gordon five games to hit his first.
“I wasn’t expecting to hit a homer,” he said. “I definitely didn’t off the bat think it was going to go that far. I just thought I got it pretty good and I looked up and it was gone. It felt pretty good.”
The 25-year-old has definitely given the Twins’ coaching staff multiple reasons to keep him in the lineup.
Speed kills, and for Nick, it works to his advantage. On the base path, he’s definitely a threat and can cause problems for defenses. He has five stolen bases on the season and that number will continue to increase as the season progresses.
The Twins can utilize him in the infield and outfield, and with his legs, he can track balls down in the outfield and take away hits.
If he keeps playing the way he has been playing this month, he will continue to see the field and have opportunities to become a player the Twins can use on a consistent basis.
Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene had fans and team executives on the edge of their seats as he began his first Triple-A start for the Louisville Bats by imposing his will on opposing batter.
Now he’s breathing down the back of MLB competition and chomping at the bit to start flaming batters.
The Cincinnati Reds’ top prospect gave up four home runs and a walk for the Bats, but he also gave hitters the gas face with eight strikeouts in a 6-5 defeat at Omaha.
The 2017 second-overall pick threw 46 of his 73 pitches for strikes to finish his rollercoaster ride of a day by striking out the side in order in the fourth inning.
Don’t buy too much stock in the home run narrative, as in all actuality, we know that hitters eschew at the plate when facing such exorbitant pitches. Instead, hitters will stick their bats out over the plate to stop the mortification with hopes of making contact.
Guys with mega-high velocity are generally relievers, not starting pitchers.
Since 2008 only five pitchers sniffed the 104-mph mark in Major League history, including closer Aroldis Chapman, who did it 67 times in his illustrious career, and fellow MLB bro Jordan Hicks, who did it 12 times.
Top prospect Hunter Greene has been promoted to the Bats!
Greene dominated on the mound during his time with Double-A Chattanooga. He fanned 60 hitters in 41 innings while allowing only 27 batters to hit safely, leading to a 5-0 record and a 1.98 earned run average.
Those accumulated stats were Greene’s first game action since 2018 after he missed all of 2019 due to Tommy John surgery and 2020 due to the pandemic.
Before receiving the call to the Reds Triple-A affiliate, Greene, in his final outing, struck out nine in six shutout innings for the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Reds manager David Bell addressed the following about the possibility of Greene making the jump to the show.
Bell told Cincinnatti.com, ” I don’t think that’s unreasonable for any guys in Triple-A.” He added, ” He is getting close.”
Greene is more than close to making his jump to the pro level. The race is on between him and Vanderbilt sensation Kumar Rocker as to who will become the next great Black pitcher.
The results of his debut may not have been overwhelming, but Greene still impressed the masses with his velocity during his final three innings before getting pulled. With performances such as this under his belt, Greene, sooner rather than later, may force the Reds hand to make the call.
Once a party starter for the Royals, Dyson has been a valuable asset off the bench this season. The 36-year-old still can be productive on the field and at the plate and the Royals have certainly seen that this season.
One thing about Dyson is that whether he’s coming off the bench or starting, he will leave it all out on the field.
This season Dyson has appeared in 34 games and is batting .277 with 13 hits and seven runs scored. He’s not a power hitter, but he knows how to get on base and make things happen.
He also etched himself in the Royals record books. On May 20, 2021, he stole his 179th base as a Royal which put him past Frank White for fifth all-time.
Dyson may not play in as many games as he did earlier in his career but when his number is called, he makes sure he’s ready.
He had a really good ending to May, going 2-for-4 against the Minnesota Twins.
In a recent game, on June 12, he had a solid performance at the plate going 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base against the Oakland Athletics.
Dyson has been around the game for a while as he’s currently in his 12th year. He’s in his second stint with the Royals and can provide a lot of knowledge and experience to the younger players.
Dyson won his first and only World Series title with the Royals back in 2015. He played an important role on that team and he’s still playing an important role now.
With an injury to Andrew Benintendi, Dyson could see a lot more action on the field going forward.
Dyson has played with five different teams while spending most of his career with the Royals.
During the 2016 season, he had one of his best seasons statistically. He finished the season with a .278 batting average with 83 hits, 25 RBI, and 30 stolen bases.
This brother has put up impressive numbers numerous times throughout his career and even though he’s in his mid-30s, any team would benefit from having him in the lineup. He’s that teammate you would love to play with. The energy he displays is contagious, and he impacts whether he’s in the lineup or on the bench.
As the season progresses, look for the Royals to find more ways to utilize Dyson more.
At the end of the day, the MLBbro vet still has game.