Twins select HS SS Nick Gordon with No. 5 pick
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins went with a position player with the No. 5 overall pick in Thursday’s First-Year Player Draft, selecting highly athletic shortstop Nick Gordon from Olympia High School in Orlando.
Gordon, the son of former All-Star closer Tom Gordon and the brother of Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, had been linked to Minnesota leading up to the Draft, and the Twins got their man with the fifth overall selection. The Twins have $3.85 million available for their first pick.
The Draft continues on Friday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com pregame show begins at 12:30p ET, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 1p ET.
Gordon, ranked as the No. 5 overall Draft prospect by MLB.com, is the consensus top infielder in the Draft, and is expected to remain at shortstop where’s he’s regarded as a plus defender.
Gordon’s speed, arm and defense all rate as plus tools, and also boasts above-average bat speed and strong wrists at the plate, giving him surprising power from his 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame. The 18-year-old added 15 pounds of muscle over the last year, and will need to continue to add strength as he advances through the Minor Leagues.
Gordon, who hits from the left side but throws right-handed, is also regarded as a top prospect as a pitcher with a fastball in the low-90s and a good curveball. But much like MLB.com’s No. 1 overall prospect Byron Buxton, who was also a dominant high school pitcher, the Twins are inclined to keep Gordon as a position player.
Gordon, who is committed to play baseball at Florida State, hit .494 with a .576 on-base percentage in 27 games his senior year at Olympia High School en route to being named Gatorade Florida Baseball Player of the year for a second straight season. He hit five homers, 10 doubles and two triples with 27 RBIs and 28 runs scored. He also stole 13 bases.
Gordon was also named Gatorade Florida Baseball Player of the Year his junior year after hitting .505 with two homers and 30 RBIs, while also going 5-1 with five saves, a 0.78 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings pitched.