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Gordon drafted by Yankees

Published 10:34am Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Griff Gordon is on his way to becoming the newest Bronx Bomber.
The Jacksonville State standout and former Benjamin Russell High School stud had his named called by the New York Yankees during the 2014 Major League Baseball draft over the weekend.
Gordon was chosen in the 27th round by the Yankees, and it puts a cherry on top of one of the best seasons by a Gamecocks player in school history.
“Honestly, it hasn’t sunk in yet,” Gordon said. “I haven’t gotten to the locker room and seen my name up and everything like that, but when that happens, I’m sure it’ll all hit me.”
Gordon set JSU’s single-season record by becoming the first player in school history to record 100 hits, breaking Clay Whittemore’s record of 96 hits.
He is just one of four players in NCAA Division I baseball to record triple digits in hits this season. He also set the school record with 263 at-bats this season.
Gordon said he got the call from the Yankees while in the car driving with his dad.
“The scout called me, and we were excited. This has always been one of my main goals,” he said. “I had talked to the scout, and he said that he hoped to hear from me soon, but I never knew that they’d draft me for sure.”
The Alexander City native was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference second-team and also to the OVC All-Tournament team after leading the Gamecocks to their fourth Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title and a berth into the NCAA Regionals at Ole Miss.
According to Gordon, being chosen by the most successful franchise in MLB lore is just icing on the cake for him, as being chosen at all is a realization of a lifelong dream.
“Growing up, everybody had that one team, and the Yankees were always in there,” he said. “I’ve been working for this since I was playing tee-ball, and it’s really great to know that my dream is coming true.”
In addition to leading the Gamecocks in hits and at-bats, Gordon led the team in batting average (.380) and runs scored with 55.
He also had 29 walks and only struck out 19 times in 263 at-bats.
While his minor-league destination has yet to be confirmed, Gordon is projected to begin his journey to ‘The Show’ in Staten Island, N.Y., where he would play for a Yankees’ single-A affiliate.
Jacksonville State Media Relations contributed to this report.