ESPN Insider Keith Law Big On Six Twins Prospects
#43 Nick Gordon
Last season’s first round pick for the Twins, Gordon has just completed his first season in professional baseball. The Twins accelerated the younger brother of Dee Gordon, and son of Tom Gordon, to Elizabethton, rather than playing him through the Gulf Coast League. Regarded as the club’s shortstop of the future, Gordon has some pretty big expectations to live up to.
Knowing that Gordon is already advanced defensively, it will be Gordon’s offense that propels him to the major leagues. Law’s weighs in saying, “His bat-to-ball skill is strong, and he has a good approach for his age, with doubles power at best and above-average but not plus speed, so drawing more walks to post a high OBP will be key for Gordon as he moves up the ladder. His ceiling is an everyday shortstop who can hit leadoff in a good lineup; the floor might be more of an 8- or 9-hole hitter if he doesn’t develop a more patient approach.”
There’s no doubt that Nick Gordon is still a ways off. Drafted out of high school, he still needs to get acclimated to the professional game. With that in mind however, Gordon has the ability to skyrocket up the farm system as he continues to grow into his body and continue to fill out into a complete player. Minnesota likely won’t be calling upon Gordon any time before 2018.