- Position: Shortstop
- School: Olympia High School, Florida
- Bats: L, Throws: R
- DOB: October 24, 1995 Height: 6-foot-2, Weight: 170
Scouting Grades from MLB.com – Hit: 55 | Power: 40 | Run: 60 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60 | Overall: 60
MLB.com uses the 20-80 scouting scale for future tools: 20-30 – well below average | 40 – below average | 50 – average | 60 – above average | 70-80 – well above average
Nick Gordon is considered the second best position player that will be available in next week’s draft behind Alex Jackson. Gordon has the tools and the pedigree to be an impact player at the Major League level.
Nick Gordon is the son of former Cubs’ reliever Tom ‘Flash’ Gordon and the half-brother of the Dodgers’ Dee Gordon. The general consensus is Nick Gordon will be a top 10 pick in the draft and early speculation was that the White Sox could end up taking him third overall.
If the top three arms (Carlos Rodon, Brady Aiken and Tyler Kolek) and possibly Aaron Nola are off the board, Jim Callis thinks the Cubs could take Nick Gordon with the fourth overall pick. The Cubs are thought to be high on Gordon, along with Alex Jackson and Max Pentecost. And if a college pitcher is not available, many think the Cubs will take a position player in the first round for the third year in a row.
Nick Gordon is not only a gifted middle infielder, but he has a very good arm and reportedly looked very good on the mound last year. Gordon throws a low-90s fastball and a curveball that has drawn comparisons to the one Tom used to throw. Gordon does not feature a quality third pitch while he is considered a plus defender at short that has the potential to hit in the majors.
The lefty hitting Gordon reportedly generates surprising power for his frame. He has above average bat speed, a quick stroke with very strong wrists and uses the entire field. Gordon’s swing will have to be quieted down (high leg kick) and he’s struggled with breaking stuff when he’s faced better competition.
Gordon reportedly put on weight last year (more than 10 pounds) that helped him this spring and will have to add more muscle according to MLB.com in order “to hold his own against big league pitching.”
Defensively, Nick Gordon has very good range and the arm to stick at short. Gordon can make plays to his left and right and has soft hands. And his defense has been rated from average to well-above average.
According to Baseball America, scouts have raved about his makeup and say “he has top of the charts instincts.”
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ESPN posted future grades of 50 (hitting), 55 (power), 60 (running speed), 60 (fielding range) and 70 (arm strength). Nick Gordon has committed to Florida State.
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