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 crosshairs.
Nick Gordon, Olympia H.S (FL)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gordon possesses plus speed, helping him both on the field and on the basepaths. Projects to be a high stolen-base threat.
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.