Former Great Lakes Loons infielder Dee Gordon signed a five-year, $50 million contract extension with the Miami Marlins on Monday. The deal, which runs through the 2020 season, includes a $14 million vesting option for a sixth year (2021).
Gordon led the National League in batting average (.333), hits (205) and stolen bases (58) last season. He became the first player since Jackie Robinson in 1949 to lead the NL in both batting average and stolen bases. He also led all NL second basemen in fielding percentage (.992).
Last year was Gordon’s first with the Marlins after playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2011 to 2014. In his last season with the Dodgers, he led the league with 12 triples and 64 stolen bases.
Gordon was the Midwest League Prospect of the Year and co-MVP (sharing the honor with teammate Kyle Russell) in 2009, when he batted .301 with 3 HR, 35 RBI and 73 SB in 131 games with the Loons.
He was born in 1988, the year his father, former MLB reliever Tom “Flash” Gordon, pitched in the Midwest League. Flash is also a former MWL Prospect of the Year, earning the honor by posting a 2.06 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 118 IP for the Appleton Foxes.
Dee is the older half-brother of Minnesota Twins prospect Nick Gordon, who batted .277 with 1 HR, 58 RBI and 25 SB in 120 games with the 2015 Cedar Rapids Kernels. Nick didn’t win the Prospect of the Year award, but he did something else that neither his dad nor his brother experienced in the Midwest League — his team reached the MWL Championship Series.