6/19/2014 10:55 P.M. ET
Twins' first-round pick Gordon debuts with three hits
Shortstop collects double and scores two runs in Rookie League game
By Teddy Cahill / MLB.com
Shortstop Nick Gordon, the fifth overall pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, collected three hits Thursday in his professional debut and Rookie-level Elizabethton defeated Greeneville, 11-3, on Opening Day in the Appalachian League.
Gordon went 3-for-5 with a double and a walk and scored two runs. Center fielder Austin Diemer, another member of the Twins' 2014 Draft class, homered and scored two runs in the victory.
Making his professional debut two weeks to the night after the Twins drafted him, Gordon reached on an error in his first plate appearance. He led off the third inning with a single, his first professional hit, and came around to score to give the Twins an early lead they would not relinquish.
Gordon is is the son of former All-Star closer Tom Gordon, who was reportedly in the stands in Greeneville on Thursday night, and the younger brother of Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon.
While Gordon led the offense, Twins' No. 16 prospect Stephen Gonsalves made his season debut on the mound. The left-hander allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in four innings. He struck out four batters and induced six groundouts.