Minnesota Twins draft Nick Gordon 5th overall


The Minnesota Twins used the fifth pick in yesterday’s MLB draft to take shortstop Nick Gordon out of Olympia high school in Orlando, Florida.

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Gordon is the son of former all-star pitcher Tom Gordon, and is the brother of current Los Angeles Dodger infielder Dee Gordon.  He certainly has genetics on his side.  Dee is leading the majors with 34 stolen bases in 37 attempts.  Tom played in the majors for parts of 21 seasons and made three all star teams.

Nick hit ,494 with five homers and 27 RBI with a .576 on base percentage in his senior season.  He also swiped 13 bases.

Gordon was the Gatorade High School player of the year in Florida in both his junior and senior seasons.  He is committed to play collegiate baseball at Florida State, but with the Twins having nearly 4 million dollars to throw at him, he will likely start his pro career right away.

The Twins have been linked to Gordon in nearly all mock drafts over the past couple of months.  The Twins said that they got their man.  It was no secret that they wanted Gordon to come play in Minneapolis.

The Twins envision Gordon as their leadoff hitter of the future.  They think he will evolve into a Carl Crawford or Derek Jeter type player.

Much like the Twins 2012 first round pick, Nick Gordon was also a top-notch high school pitcher.  The Twins reportedly have no interest in putting him on the mound anytime soon.  He is much too valuable on offense at this point.

Gordon got to visit Minneapolis and Target Field last year while playing in a tournament.  He reportedly loved the ballpark and the city.  We will see what he says after spending a winter there….