2014 MLB Draft Profile: Nick Gordon, SS/RHP

An article by posted on October 24, 2013

Last week, I profiled high school pitcher Brady Aiken. We’ll keep it on the high school side of things this week but shift it to a position player (probably). This week we’ll go in-depth on shortstop Nick Gordon — son of former closer Tom and brother of Dodgers shortstop Dee. He’s ranked in the 10-20 range by most experts, placing him right in the Mets cross-hairs.

Nick Gordon, Olympia H.S (FL)

Position: SS/RHP

Height: 6’2

Weight: 170

Bats/Throws: Left/Right

Gordon is a potential impact player with a great pedigree. Scouts seem convinced he’ll stick on the left side of the infield, making him an intriguing talent. He was named an Under-Armour All-American in 2013 and is verbally committed to Florida State.

Hit

Nick has a short, compact swing at the plate that generates good bat speed. He has a knack for finding the barrel and uses the entire field. Currently has trouble with offspeed stuff, but what high-school kid doesn’t? Overall solid bat that could develop into more, a definite plus at shortstop.

Current: 40

Future: 55

Power

While Gordon never figures to be a slugger at the dish, he’s not his brother either. Nick has a more solid frame that could handle more weight/muscle without impacting his other tools. It may never manifest itself in large homerun totals, but he’ll find the gaps and keep pitchers honest.

Current: 25

Future: 40

Fielding

Gordon is a natural at short– a lock to stay at the position. He’s got smooth actions, soft hands, and a great sense of awareness of the game in the field. A truly plus tool, making him a slightly less risky selection due to the low offensive expectations at his position.

Current: 60

Future: 65

Arm

Nick can hit 90+ MPH on the mound. So it makes sense that he’d have a well above-average arm in the field. Arm could easily play at third base, although I doubt that will be necessary.

Current: 65

Future: 65

Speed

Gordon possesses plus speed, helping him both on the field and on the basepaths. Projects to be a high stolen-base threat.

Current: 70

Future: 70

Video

Here is a video of Gordon’s most recent showcase.

 

Summary

While there’s always a chance Gordon shoots up draft boards with a great senior season, it appears likely that the Mets will get an opportunity to draft this kid. There’s so much to like about a no-doubt shortstop with plus arm and speed. On top of all that is a solid hit tool that could develop into plus. Even if all of that falls apart, he’s young enough to go back to the mound where scouts see a potential plus breaking ball.

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Kirk Cahill is a native New Yorker and lifelong Mets fan. He's recently taken to blogging and enjoys following prospects and frequenting minor league games. You can follow him on Twitter @KirkC_.

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