The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with their first round draft pick, the fifth overall, shortstop Nick Gordon. Gordon was signed for the slot value of $3.851 million. He also will receive scholarship money to attend college, which is standard for most high school draftees.
Gordon is the son of former all star closer Tom Gordon, and the younger brother of Los Angeles Dodger speedster Dee Gordon.
The younger Nick is reported to have more power than his older brother, and he still has excellent speed.
Gordon hit .494 with five homers, 27 RBI, and 13 stolen bases in just 99 plate appearances as a senior at Olympia High School in Orlando, FL.
Gordon was the winner of back-to-back Gatorade Florida High School Player of the Year Award in his junior and senior years. He was committed to play baseball at Florida State, but the consensus was that he would sign with the Twins. He did just that four days later.
Gordon will begin his career by attending a mini-camp in Ft Myers, Florida before being assigned to the Twins’ rookie ball affiliate in Elizabethton, Tennessee. The rookie season begins on June 19th, and Gordon is likely to be there for the beginning of their season.
To put this week in perspective, he graduated high school exactly one week ago.
His quick contract signing could help expedite his trip to the major leagues. Not many rookies sign so quickly, but Gordon has been anxious to follow his father and brother since Dee’s ascencion through the minors began. That said, Gordon still will not likely see his debut in the majors until September of 2016 at the very earliest.
Twins fans have much to look forward to in the minors, but most of the prospects are at least a year away.