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Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon, Alex’s brother, from T-Bones

Derek Gordon
Derek Gordon Courtesy of the T-Bones

Oh, brother.

The Royals purchased the contract of pitcher Derek Gordon from the T-Bones on Thursday, according to a news release from the T-Bones.

Gordon is the younger brother of Royals left fielder Alex Gordon. In four seasons at Park University, Derek Gordon was 24-8 with a 3.35 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 212 innings pitched.

“We’re really happy for Derek to get this great opportunity,” said T-Bones vice president and general manager Chris Browne in a news release. “I’d love to see Derek and Alex in uniform at the same time with the Royals. We’ll definitely be rooting for Derek this summer.”

Gordon finished his college career last spring and signed with the T-Bones in the summer. In 14 games, Gordon was 1-1 with a 6.49 ERA.

“Derek has the intangibles and work ethic to succeed at the next level,” said T-Bones manager John Massarelli in a news release. “I’m very excited for his opportunity with the Royals.”

At Park University, Gordon broke a decade-old record for strikeouts.

“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.”

Park noted that another Gordon brother, Brett, was a three-year letter-winner for the Pirates from 2007-09, playing in the outfield, as well as first, second and third base.

A news release from Park said Gordon will learn his assignment with the Royals after spring training in Surprise, Ariz.

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