The Kansas City Royals purchased the contract of Alex Gordon‘s younger brother, Derek, from the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association on Thursday.

Derek Gordon, 23, posted a 6.49 ERA in 14 games (four starts) in his rookie campaign last season with the T-Bones. The 6’6″, 215-pound right-handed pitcher went undrafted after a solid career at Park University.

Gordon was a four-time all-conference performer in the American Midwest Conference and set school career records for strikeouts (172) and innings pitched (212) in his four-year career from 2011-14. His strikeouts record broke a decade-old record formerly held by right-handed pitcher Adam Clay.

In those four years, Gordon went 24-8 with a 3.35 ERA in 45 games (35 starts). He also had 12 complete games and two shutouts during that time.

The Royals will inform Derek Gordon of his assignment after spring training which ends on April 1.

Anton Joe is an Independent League Baseball Writer for Baseball Essential. You can follow him on Twitter @AntonJoe_BBE.

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