Letters of Intent
By Andrew Hastings
At 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, Oakville, Ontario native Miles Gordon possess a skill set that has landed him a spot on the Canadian junior national team, and most recently, a commitment letter to the University of San Francisco (NCAA DI West Coast Conference).
Possessing plus-speed on the base baths and plus-range in either centre or right field, Gordon has established himself as one of the top five Canadian prospects in the upcoming 2015 MLB draft.
Currently playing with the Great Lakes Canadians, Gordon’s coach Chris Robinson emphasized what has allowed Gordon to become an elite-level prospect.
“[What] impress me most about Miles is his maturity level. In talking with him on a regular basis, at times you forget he is a teenager. He is respectful, smart and an enjoyable kid to work with. Dad, Colin and Mom, Tammy have done a terrific job of raising him. We are proud to have him apart of what we do here and are excited to watch him reach the goals he has set out in this game in the future.”
When asking Gordon about his path through youth baseball, the budding outfielder was sure to recognize everyone who has helped him along his journey. From coaches Gerry Lubansky and Chris Hayes of his Little-League all-star team to Dean Rennpenning and Chris Ryman when playing in the Oakville rep system, Gordon was also sure to recognize his Oakville (Ontario) Royals coaches Mike Siena, Francis Cubos and Shawn Lynn before reiterating his thankfulness for the opportunity to work under Chris Robinson and Adam Stern currently with Great Lakes. Gordon believes they all “played a role in helping me to become the player I am today and I want to thank each of them for their patience and guidance.”
As a former rep-hockey player, following the Canadian sporting dream from the ages of 4-to-17, Gordon and his current coaches recognize the unique circumstances that ballplayers north of the border need to contend with during lengthy off-seasons, “I think the fact that we have to deal with snow and can’t practice 12 months of the year outdoors like the players down south gives us the motivation to work harder throughout the winter so we are in good shape for spring ball and able to compete against them.”
Coach Robinson reiterated this point, saying “At Miles’ age, every off-season is huge. This winter he will spend a lot of time focusing on his overall strength to allow for him to play at the next level. Having Centrefield Sports to work out at all off-season will allow him to work on his defensive work as well as his hitting.”
“Not many outfielders in the north get a lot of work defensively in the off-season,” Robinson said. “this will be a great opportunity for him. Like any other player of his calibre at his age, you are evaluated on how you enter your off-season and how you come out of it. As Canadians, that’s not always fair, but that is the way it is.”
As Gordon’s off-season will ramp up over the winter, partially in preparation for the World Championship with the Junior National Team in Tokyo, Japan this coming summer, the ceiling for this professional-caliber prospect is yet to be seen as Gordon continues to mature both physically and mentally.