Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Gordon bros are in KC

02/24/2015 6:08 AM - Devo

The Kansas City Royals have the Gordon brothers all to themselves. Royals fans know Alex Gordon as one of their best players in recent memory. Gordon is solid hitter who has become a leader amongst many of the younger players on the team. The 2nd overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft led them to within one win of the 2014 World Series championship.

A couple weeks ago, the Royals signed Gordon's brother, Derek from the independent Kansas City T-Bones. 

The younger Gordon stands 6-foot-6 and slings it from the right side. The 23-year-old right-handed pitcher has one year of professional baseball under his belt. In 14 games he threw 26 innings striking out 12 and walking 23. His 6.49 ERA isn't the most impressive statistic you'll ever see, but his college statistics state otherwise. In his four seasons as a starter at Park University, Gordon went 24-8 with a 3.35 ERA racking up 172 strikeouts in 212 innings pitched.

All signs point to Gordon having all the tools to succeed. His college coach, Carl Lundy gives him nothing but praise.

“Derek was the heart of our rotation for the majority of his career,” said Park baseball coach Cary Lundy in a news release. “He was one of the most dominant pitchers in the American Midwest Conference, and we are happy to see him progressing at the next level. He has all of the tools to make a great professional.”

All sounds good, but there must be a reason he slipped through the cracks? All in all, Gordon will learn his assignment when he gets to Spring Training, from there we'll see if he has the skills to be the next great Gordon in a Royals uniform. Until then, it's gotta be quite a thrill for both of them to share a childhood dream together.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's PerspectiveHe is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and FacebookHis full bio can be seen here.

 

 

 

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Former first-round pick signs with Canaries

02/18/2015 6:05 AM - Devo

Jason Repko.jpegJason Repko was a first-round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1999 amateur draft. He spent seven years in the big leagues splitting time with the Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, and Boston Red Sox.

Not necessarily the household name you're used to, Repko played sparingly, but could contribute to any outfield position and as designated hitter. In 360 MLB games, Repko batted .224 with 16 home runs and 67 RBI. He stole 27 bases and was only caught eight times.

The numbers aren't eye popping, and Repko never made any list of significance, but from experience I can tell you that what he has done over the course of his career is extremely impressive.

Repko is definitive example of a player that will continue to play and play and play till they kick him out of the game. Sporadic play in the bigs doesn't show the time and effort he put into to 15 years in the minors. Repko played for ten different teams accumulating nearly 4,000 plate appearances. He is a player that others can mimic. Players on the cusp or looking to get back to the big time should all take note of what he has accomplished.

His signing with the Sioux Falls Canaries is not only a way for him to shore up his skills, it's a way for him to give back. His presence alone will be a great benefit to the club. It will be like having another manager on the bench, but one that will consistently be available to give hands on instruction during the good and the bad times. After briefly retiring from the game in 2013, Independent ball has got him excited about getting back on the field and getting back to the Midwest.

“We are extremely happy to have someone of Jason’s caliber on our team this year,” stated Canaries Manager Chris Paterson. “His experience on the field and presence in the clubhouse will be instrumental in the growth of our younger players.”

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's PerspectiveHe is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and FacebookHis full bio can be seen here.

 

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Saints new park, Barnstormers get a Jay

02/03/2015 7:10 AM - Devo

Saints and SPIRE come to terms

The St. Paul Saints and SPIRE Credit Union have come to terms on the name of the Saints ballpark. Come September, CHS Field will be home to the Saints and the support from the community continues to grow. The eight year agreement between the Saints and the areas the most recognizable credit union, is a win win for both companies. Dan Stolz, President and CEO of SPIRE Credit Union is very proud to be involved. "As a long-time sponsor, SPIRE is honored to be a founding partner of CHS Field, we look forward to a continued relationship with Mike Veeck and the St. Paul Saints."

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Barnstormers sign ex-Jay

British Columbia's Mike Crouse has signed with the reigning Atlantic League champion, Lancaster Barnstormers. Crouse has spent the last seven years within the Toronto Blue Jays organization, the same team the drafted him in the 16th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft from Centennial SS. Never known for his power, the 6'4, 215 lb. outfielder is a menace on the base paths. In 508 games, he's swiped 129 bases, only getting caught 44 times. A career .240 hitter, he does own a .407 slugging percentage. Manager, Butch Hobson, whose son played with Crouse over the years in the Jays organization, is looking forward to working with his newest recruit. “Mike is very talented and was a prospect in the Blue Jays organization,” said Hobson. “He is big and strong, plus he runs really well. He’s going to be a valuable outfielder for us.” Internationally, Crouse has been a part of some of the best Canadian teams assembled. He played in the 2008 World Junior Baseball Championship and was named to the tournament's All-Star team. Crouse was also a member of the 2011 Baseball World Cup team that won the bronze medal, and the gold medal winning squad at the 2011 Pan American Games.

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Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's PerspectiveHe is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and FacebookHis full bio can be seen here.

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