Now that I have your attention, this is Brian Gordon, the outfielder-turned-pitcher who appeared in 40 games for the IronPigs last season, not Tom, who saved 42 games for the Phillies between 2006-08. [Link]
Gordon, 32, raised his stock with in an impressive campaign out of the IronPigs bullpen, going 1-3 with a 3.46 ERA and a formidable 86/19 K/BB ratio in 78 innings. Lehigh Valley beat writer Jeff Schuler, the first to break the news of Gordon’s re-signing, says the right-hander will join Nate Bump, Dane Sardinha and Rich Thompson as committed Lehigh Valley returnees for 2011 (I’ve seen Thompson’s name surface in the winter league box scores, but I forget where). Meanwhile, veterans Melvin Dorta, Ozzie Chavez, Beerleaguer favorite Brian Mazone, Ty Taubenheim, Alex Concepcion and Ehren Wassermann will not return, according to Schuler. Beerleaguer: Look for Gordon to get a few looks in spring training. As for Tom Gordon, he reportedly attended the Winter Meetings in hopes of pitching again. The 43-year-old last appeared in three games for the Diamondbacks in 2009.
Bolsenbroek profiled: Dutch farmhand Mike Bolsenbroek was profiled today on the international baseball site Mister-Baseball.com. The 23-year-old, 6-8 right-hander went 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 23/18 K/BB ratio in 32 innings last season for the Lakewood Blue Claws, joining the team midseason from extended spring training. A native of Apeldorn, Netherlands, he also pitched for the German Bundesliga champion Buchbinder Legionaere Regenburg squad, where he posted a 2.13 ERA in the playoffs.