2014 MLB Draft: No. 5 – Minnesota Twins – Nick Gordon
A name familiar to all those associated with baseball, both past and present was drafted with the number five overall pick by the Minnestoa Twins, Nick Gordon was always going to pursue a professional baseball career. With his brother Dee Gordon, being the current major league leader in stolen bases for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and his father being Tom Gordon, the legendary pitcher for the Kansas City Royals and Philadelphia Phillies, it is not a surprise that Major League Baseball is blessed with another Gordon in their leagues.
While Dee and Tom could not be more different in playing styles, the younger Nick has glimpses of both in his game. This past year he has dabbled in both pitching and hitting, with the latter looking like the most likely to be taken to the next level.
In a draft full of pitching and low on shortstops, Gordon figures to be the best prospect at his position in the draft. For the Twins, it means that they may have found the future shortstop of their franchise for the foreseeable future. Together with Byron Buxton in the outfield and Miguel Sano at third base, the franchise has an exciting future ahead of them.
Gordon, like his brother, owns frightening pace and consequently runs extremely well on the bases, and will steal in excess of 50 bases every year if he can hit for a high average. However a glaring weakness in his game is his power, and this may be a concern as he rises through the ranks of the minor leagues. Weighing just 170 pounds, a major focus for the Twins will be to ensure that Gordon is not over powered by the bigger and stronger pitchers that he will come up against at the higher level.
For Minnesota, they have a shortstop with fantastic range and defensive, and should be a solid bat with elite base stealing ability. Expect to see Gordon at some point in the 2018 season.