Nick Gordon looks on track to be Minnesota's starting shortstop of the future after hitting .291/.335/.386 for High-A Fort Myers. At just 20 years old in High-A, he more than held his own, hitting 12 percent better than league average (112 wRC+). He then had a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .346 with an .862 OPS. Gordon is still growing into what could be fringe-average power, but while he projects to hit for a bit more pop than his older brother, he falls well short of Dee in the speed department. Gordon was only successful on 19 of 32 stolen-base attempts at High-A (59.4 percent success rate), and lacks plus speed. Against big league batteries, he only projects to steal 10-20 bases in his peak. He needs to be more selective in order to profile as a leadoff hitter (4.7 percent walk rate), but his contact skills (17.5 percent strikeout rate) and above-average hit tool should allow him to be an everyday player. Look for him to debut in late 2018.
Gordon is hitting .270/.349/.351 with a home run for Double-A Chattanooga. He started at second base in Sunday's game, where he's played four games now; he's played five at shortstop. Gordon had a good first week of the season, as he also posted a 5:7 BB:K. Gordon has been shifting between playing second base and shortstop with fellow shortstop prospect Engelb Vielma on the roster. His playing time at second base raises questions about whether he'll stay at shortstop at higher levels.
Gordon was assigned to Minnesota's minor league camp. Minnesota's top prospect is hitting just .182 in 11 at-bats this spring, but he wasn't expected to compete for a roster spot. Minnesota's starting shortstop of the future will likely begin the season in Double-A. He needs to be more selective (4.7 percent walk rate) in order to profile as a leadoff hitter, but his contact skills (17.5 percent strikeout rate) and above-average hit tool should allow him to be an everyday player, perhaps as early as 2018.
Gordon was selected for the Arizona Fall League, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He's hitting .291/.335/.387 for High-A Fort Myers. At just 20 years old in High-A, Gordon had more than held his own as he also stole 16 bases. He could use some more power and a better walk rate (4.6 percent), but he makes up for it by not striking out too much (17.5%). He could advance quickly next season if he keeps up this pace.
Gordon, 20, is batting .285/.338/.406 with two home runs, 24 RBI and 10 steals through 63 games for High-A Fort Myers. A concussion interrupted Gordon's progress earlier this season, and he has been caught stealing nearly as many times as he has been successful in 2016. Nevertheless, he is only starting to scratch the surface of his potential, and could end up as a very similar player to his brother Dee.
Gordon (concussion) went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and two runs scored in his return to action with High-A Fort Myers on Wednesday. He was also caught stealing for the third time in seven attempts this season. Gordon was caught eight times in 33 attempts at Low-A last season (76 percent success rate). The 20-year-old still has a long way to go in his development, but he was off to a great start before hitting the 7-day DL earlier this month, slashing .309/.343/.447 in 23 games. His prospect stock will continue to trend upward if he keeps this up, especially if he's able to further tap into the power as the season progresses.