Prospects On Deck: SS Nick Gordon – Twins
The Legacy Is Progressing Nicely
Living up to expectations can be very difficult. Might be even moreso when you are the son of a former major league pitcher, and the brother of a current major league player. The Minnesota Twins selected Nick Gordon, son of Tom Gordon, and brother of Dee Gordon, in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft.
Gordon, 21, was drafted out of Olympia High School in Orlando, and was given a hefty $3.85MM signing bonus. His talents could have led him to a career as a pitcher like “Flash”, but his ability as a middle infielder overshadowed that and is following Dee instead.
Playing for the Elizabethton Twins in his first professional season, Gordon fared well hitting .294 in 57 games. He followed that up in 2015 as a member of the Cedar Rapids Kernels with a slightly lower batting average (.277), but he showed off more of his doubles-power with 23 in 120 games. Gordon also showed off some of his speed as he swiped 25 bags in 33 attempts.
Last season, Gordon continued his ascent through the Twins system stopping at the Fort Myers Miracle (Single-A Advanced) of the Florida State League. He played in 116 games and had a hitting line of .291/.335/.386/.721. He mustered one more hit than 2015 in fewer games, but his defense was down a bit from his previous campaigns. For the first time as a professional, Gordon did spend time at positions other than short stop (third base one game, second base two games).
This off-season Gordon played for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League. He played in 21 games finishing fourth in the league with a .346 batting average and had an OPS of .862. His success should be something for the Twins and their fans to be excited about as he appears to be progressing nicely.
Heading into the 2016 season Gordon was ranked 91st overall in MLB’s Top 100. This season he made the jump to #50 when the list was unveiled last week. He was ranked #2 within the Twins system last season, and it’s expected for him to reach number one heading into 2017.
Gordon has been invited to attend spring training as a non-roster invitee and will most likely begin 2017 with the Twins Double-A affiliate Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League.