Keith Gordon

Coach Gordon, a former Major League baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds in 1993, joined Dig In Baseball in 2012 and coaches the 16U high school team for the first time this year. Coach Gordon, who played 13 seasons in the minor leagues—including Rookie ball, Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A with Baltimore, Cincinnati and Seattle affiliates—holds three minor league championship rings. He brings a depth of experience to the organization. He was drafted in 1990 by the Cincinnati Reds, the 28th player picked in the country. He was first drafted out of high school by the San Francisco Giants but opted for college instead. He has a lifetime minor-league fielding average (mostly as left fielder), of .960, and a career minor-league batting average of .282, with over 1,200 hits. He was a five-tool player, known for his speed, glove, hitting, hitting for power, and elite arm strength.

Coach Gordon: “I tell kids to maintain their confidence in their ability, to never give up. Once you’re satisfied with what you’re doing, you’re done. Whether you’re hitting .800 or .100, maintain an even perspective. Be positive in your ability. Be consistent with your craft. Hone your craft. Make sure you’re never satisfied. If you need help, that’s why I’m there. I’ve been there! Maintain your confidence in yourself. Believe you can do it. And never, ever, be satisfied.”

Coaching Achievements

  • Spring 2013-present, Head Coach, Dig In Baseball 16U team
  • Fall 2012, Instructor, Dig In Baseball Fall Hitting Clinic
  • 2010-present, Owner, KG Athletics, Rockville, MD; offering private hitting lessons focusing on hitting mechanics and fundamentals; and throwing and fielding fundamentals and mechanics
  • 2012-present, Assistant Hitting Coach, Varsity, Bullis Bulldogs, Bullis High School, Potomac, MD
  • Fall 2011, Head Coach, Potomac Blue Jays 14-15U, playing at Bullis High School
  • Summers 2010-2011, Head Coach, Bullis Bulldogs high school travel team
  • 2010, Head Coach, Mid-Atlantic Mets 17U, a Virginia tournament team
  • 2009, Assistant Middle School Baseball Coach, St. Andrews Episcopal School, Potomac, MD
  • 2008-2009, Head JV Coach, Winston Churchill High School, Potomac, MD; coached team to 8-2 record in their first year as team
  • 2007, Head Coach, Bethesda Chevy Chase 15/16U travel baseball team

Proffesional Baseball Experience

  • 1990, as college junior, drafted by Cincinnati Reds, second round, Amateur Draft; Major League debut came July 9, 1993 versus Pittsburgh Pirates; went 1-for-4, the only plate appearances in the Big Leagues
  • 2000, won Championship ring with New Haven (CT) Ravens, Double-A affiliate of Seattle Mariners
  • 1994, won Championship ring with Indianapolis (IN) Indians, Triple-A affiliate of Cincinnati Reds
  • 1992, won Championship ring in high Single-A for Cedar Rapids (IA) Reds
  • Was left fielder, pinch hitter, pinch runner for more than 13 minor-league baseball clubs, including two in Mexico
  • Played in minor leagues through 2002 season; best stats in 1993 when, over 110 games, made only four errors for a .981 fielding percentage; at bat, in 444 plate appearances, hit 14 homeruns, three triples, 26 doubles, 122 hits, recording 69 runs; other 1993 stats: .327 OBP, .468 SLG, .794 OPS

College Baseball Experience

  • 1987-90, shortstop and third baseman, Division I Wright State Raiders, Wright State University, Dayton, OH; 80% athletic scholarship
  • College career batting average: .300; second at Wright State with 17 homeruns; second homerun leader on team two years running; top three in batting average
  • Red-shirted first year as regained eligibility to meet scholarship grades requirement; rejoined team at games in second year

High School Baseball Experience

  • 1987, as senior, drafted by San Francisco Giants in the fifth round; turned down offer to go to college
  • 1984-1987, four-year varsity starter, shortstop/pitcher, Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, MD
  • In all four high school years, led in average, homeruns, RBIs; over one 16-game season, hit 10 homeruns; made playoffs two years
  • As freshman, led with .410 batting average, five homeruns