The Brian Gordon story is a good one

Brian Gordon, a 32-year-old journeyman who has spent 15 years in the minors, threw 5.1 innings of commanding baseball against the Rangers, holding them to two runs in a game eventually won by the New York Yankees, 3-2 in 12. Gordon made his first big league appearance since 2008 and watched as Brett Gardner delivered a one-out walkoff single off Michael Kirkman (1-1).

Gordon had been pitching for the Phillies Triple-A Lehigh Valley and was 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA that led the International League. His contract came with a catch, however: He could instantly opt out if any major league team wanted him and injury-depleted Yankees wanted him. Asked whether he was worried the Phils would be upset at his maneuvering, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman answered: “Hey, they got Cliff Lee, I got Brian Gordon.”

Gordon hit 118 homers in his 10 years as an outfielder. He switched to pitching in 2007, helped by then-Astros executive Nolan Ryan.

The Yankees became the first team to sweep Texas this year, taking three games. New York won for the sixth time in seven tries and sent the Rangers to their season-worst fifth loss in a row.

Gordon’s minor league story:

At the plate:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1997 18 Diamondbacks ARIZ Rk 54 232 219 27 54 18 4 4 46 8 3 9 62 .247 .272 .420 .692
1998 19 South Bend MIDW A ARI 126 493 468 46 131 23 6 8 61 6 4 14 100 .280 .302 .406 .708
1999 20 South Bend MIDW A ARI 48 195 184 21 39 9 3 0 17 8 3 9 35 .212 .251 .293 .545
2000 21 High Desert CALL A+ ARI 127 531 476 98 148 26 13 12 66 19 14 47 107 .311 .371 .496 .867
2001 22 Lancaster CALL A+ ARI 103 427 392 74 119 21 10 16 70 13 7 26 100 .304 .345 .531 .876
2002 23 El Paso TL AA ARI 130 535 477 73 137 32 9 10 67 2 6 36 111 .287 .343 .455 .798
2003 24 Tucson PCL AAA ARI 124 489 449 58 119 20 7 13 70 1 3 33 93 .265 .314 .428 .742
2004 25 Salt Lake PCL AAA ANA 127 517 475 80 123 24 4 22 70 6 2 30 145 .259 .305 .465 .771
2005 26 Salt Lake PCL AAA LAA 100 374 340 50 94 25 4 17 55 7 5 25 101 .276 .323 .524 .847
2006 27 Round Rock PCL AAA HOU 102 340 303 48 73 21 3 16 59 1 3 28 110 .241 .310 .488 .798
2007 28 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA HOU 42 15 15 2 4 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 7 .267 .267 .533 .800
2007 28 Corpus Christi TL AA HOU 31 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .167 .333
2007 28 Round Rock PCL AAA HOU 11 9 9 2 3 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 6 .333 .333 .778 1.111
2008 29 3 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA HOU,TEX 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 29 Frisco TL AA TEX 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 29 Corpus Christi TL AA HOU 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 29 Oklahoma PCL AAA TEX 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 30 Oklahoma City PCL AAA TEX 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 31 Lehigh Valley IL AAA PHI 41 5 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
2011 32 Lehigh Valley IL AAA PHI 5 8 8 2 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .875 1.375
15 Seasons 1206 4161 3810 580 1046 219 65 119 590 71 50 257 972 .275 .321 .460 .781
AAA (9 seasons) AAA 571 1742 1588 241 417 90 20 69 262 15 13 116 456 .263 .313 .475 .788
AA (3 seasons) AA 177 541 483 73 138 32 9 10 68 2 6 36 112 .286 .341 .451 .792
A (2 seasons) A 174 688 652 67 170 32 9 8 78 14 7 23 135 .261 .288 .374 .662
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 230 958 868 172 267 47 23 28 136 32 21 73 207 .308 .360 .512 .871
Rk (1 season) Rk 54 232 219 27 54 18 4 4 46 8 3 9 62 .247 .272 .420 .692
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/17/2011.

On the mound:

Year Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2007 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA HOU 6 2 .750 3.25 39 0 18 1 61.0 58 24 22 4 20 51 1.279
2007 Corpus Christi TL AA HOU 5 1 .833 2.88 30 0 13 1 50.0 44 17 16 3 19 43 1.260
2007 Round Rock PCL AAA HOU 1 1 .500 4.91 9 0 5 0 11.0 14 7 6 1 1 8 1.364
2008 3 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA TEX,HOU 6 5 .545 3.51 34 11 10 3 95.0 96 45 37 15 20 70 1.221
2008 Oklahoma PCL AAA TEX 4 5 .444 4.56 18 11 1 0 71.0 85 43 36 14 15 51 1.408
2008 Corpus Christi TL AA HOU 0 0 4.50 1 0 0 0 2.0 2 1 1 1 1 1 1.500
2008 Frisco TL AA TEX 2 0 1.000 0.00 15 0 9 3 22.0 9 1 0 0 4 18 0.591
2009 Oklahoma City PCL AAA TEX 7 3 .700 3.49 43 2 19 2 77.1 72 32 30 5 20 51 1.190
2010 Lehigh Valley IL AAA PHI 1 3 .250 3.46 40 0 12 0 78.0 73 33 30 2 19 86 1.179
2011 Lehigh Valley IL AAA PHI 5 0 1.000 1.14 12 9 2 0 55.1 39 11 7 4 7 56 0.831
5 Seasons 25 13 .658 3.09 168 22 61 6 366.2 338 145 126 30 86 314 1.156
AAA (5 seasons) AAA 18 12 .600 3.35 122 22 39 2 292.2 283 126 109 26 62 252 1.179
AA (2 seasons) AA 7 1 .875 2.07 46 0 22 4 74.0 55 19 17 4 24 62 1.068
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/17/2011.